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In Penn North, a former BPD detective pushes to build a new youth and community center

Debbie Ramsey, founder of Unified Efforts, stands in front of the nonprofit’s Penn North property. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Neighbors once called it “The Plantation”—not with the grim historical undertone you might expect for the largely black community of Penn North, but with a more playful reference to the property’s exterior. The three-story home at 2521 Woodbrook Ave. is uniquely set back from the otherwise row home-lined street, and sports a Southern-style second-floor balcony out back.

It was owned by Thomas H. Miller and his family, white residents who had a number of homes in the West Baltimore neighborhood.

“The big house,” says Annie Hall, president of the Penn North Community Association, who grew up nearby and went on to rent her first home from Miller. “That’s what we called it coming up.”

Miller sold it in 1972, and it was later acquired by the city, land records show. For years thereafter, the lot between Francis Street and Woodbrook Avenue earned a new nickname: “The Cut,” says former Baltimore Police Det. Debbie Ramsey. The vacant site became overgrown and littered with trash, offering a suitable place for people running from the cops to dump their contraband or hide out.

West Baltimore’s Kids Safe Zone Stays Open, Regroups as Former Director Resigns

A sign for the Penn North Kids Safe Zone. Image via ABC2.

The Penn North Kids Safe Zone in West Baltimore has a new director who plans to broaden programming and shift the staff culture as the center’s now-former director, Ericka Alston-Buck, leaves to pursue her own venture serving the city’s youth.

Nonprofit Achieves Milestone by Equipping Penn North Home with Solar Power

Courtesy Kirsten Rumsey/GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic

A family in the Penn North neighborhood today became the 100th low-income household in the mid-Atlantic region to convert its power supply to solar energy in partnership with a unique Washington D.C.-based nonprofit.

Pompeian Olive Oil is Investing $1 Million in Baltimore


pompeainPompeian is joining the ranks of Baltimore businesses stepping up for the community. The East Baltimore-based olive oil maker announced a $1 million program to “enrich the lives of city residents.”

Developer Sees Baltimore Riot Damage as an Opportunity



When Carl Verstandig, CEO of America’s Realty LLC, looks at the corner of Pennsylvania and North Avenue, he doesn’t see blight and riot damage. He sees opportunities for redevelopment.