Sometimes I daydream about living in San Francisco, the most restaurant-dense city in America — and then I look at average rent prices. But those of us who are fond of both Baltimore and going out to dinner may be in luck: A diverse group of Baltimore organizations (including Woodberry Kitchen, East Baltimore Development, Inc., and Humanim) are teaming up to create a $10 million “Baltimore Food Hub” just north of the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus in East Baltimore. (Hat tip to Technically Baltimore for breaking the story.)
Food-centric redevelopment is something of a trend in Baltimore these days, and no wonder. As the BFH developers note, this kind of redevelopment embraces “localism” — that is, investing in businesses that will both employ and serve the local community. In a town with as many food deserts as Baltimore, this is even more crucial. So what can we expect from the project, which is projected to begin construction in January 2014 in order to open that fall?