Baltimore’s cyclical street violence this week claimed the life of rapper 30 Glizzy, a member of a prominent D.C. area crew known as the Glizzy Gang.
Baltimore police officials say they’ve made a dent in South Baltimore through a recent investigation and subsequent string of indictments in a Brooklyn drug trafficking case.
Not all of today’s news about dogs in Baltimore is heartwarming. Police say a 21-year-old man is wanted for killing four puppies and leaving them in a dumpster in South Baltimore earlier this month.
This week on Yahoo! Travel, filmmaker Stephanie Laing wrote a post listing “5 Reasons Baltimore is the New Brooklyn.” Laing does seem to have a real affection for the place she calls “the Charm City,” but I’m not sure she understands that calling somewhere “the new Brooklyn” isn’t entirely a compliment.
Here are Laing’s five reasons Baltimore has become Brooklynized — and my five reasons that it hasn’t:
Maybe this just goes to show that trying to determine the most Williamsburg-ish neighborhood in every major city in the United States is a meaningless exercise, or maybe it goes to show that I am way off on what I think of as “Williamsburg-ish.”
Because why not, Gawker conducted a readers poll to decide which neighborhood in a given city is its “Williamsburg” and which its “Bushwick.” Apparently, our Williamsburg (Brooklyn’s soon-to-be-former hip artist enclave) is Hampden, and our Bushwick (Brooklyn’s current hip artist enclave) is Station North.
For many locals, the term Station North, Baltimore’s officially designated Arts and Entertainment District, still draws a blank. Understandable really, because other than Joe Squared, the popular pizza and live music dive on North Avenue, what is there to see? But ask Charlie Duff, the charming and voluble head of non-profit development company Jubilee Baltimore, and you get a vivid picture of a neighborhood on the move.
“Baltimore is the number one city in the country for attracting young, educated kids over 25,” Duff begins, citing a USA Today story about top metro areas attracting 25-34 year olds. Between the percent change from 2000 to 2009 (we’re fourth), and the actual numbers, Baltimore does come out on top, and its vibrant arts and music scene is the most cited reason. The epicenter of that scene is Station North, where studios, theater companies, galleries, bars and clubs are coming up from the underground into the light of North Avenue, inviting comparisons to the arts scene that has revitalized large parts of Brooklyn, NYC.