Martin O’Malley is expected to announce something (I think we can all guess what) on May 30.
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Federal style row house in painted brick, circa 1900, attached, end-of-group,with rear porch and multiple balconies. Completely renovated, with recent replacement roof. Four bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1,600 sq. ft. over three stories. New kitchen with granite counters, Jenn Air and GE appliances, extensive storage. Large bedrooms and closets, many original architectural features. Unfinished basement. Rear parking pad, zoned heat and central air: $343,000 (ask about CHAP tax credit)
Hot House: 1424 Bolton Street, Baltimore, MD 21217
Brick Georgian-style townhouse, circa 1920, with recent rubberized roof. 3,770 sq. ft. over 4 levels, including unfinished basement. 4 bedrooms (two master suites), large custom walk-in closet, 3 full baths, office, upstairs sitting room, living room, dining room, kitchen leads to back garden. Custom wine cellar, Central a/c, completely wired for home-run distro audio data, voice and video: $650,000
Need more proof that Baltimore doesn’t always have its priorities straight? Consider the case of Charlie. He’s just your average guy who enjoys hanging out in the middle of a Charles Village traffic circle and occasionally gets in trouble with the Baltimore Police. Okay, sure, he’s not real exactly, but that doesn’t mean his feelings can’t get hurt!
A hundred years ago, Baltimore was a dangerous place in a different way. Its rail station was not only “drafty, antiquated and lugubrious,” it was occasionally lethal: according to the Baltimore Sun, (2011 edition) “travelers risked their lives crossing busy tracks on foot at the signal of conductors to catch their trains. Many, unaware of approaching trains, were either killed or maimed when struck by locomotives.” Or the Sun (1907 edition): “It is probable that no city in the United States of the size of Baltimore or anywhere near its size and importance, is so poorly provided with railroad terminals as is this city. The passenger stations of the Pennsylvania Railroad here are most discreditable to the company and most uncomfortable, not to say dangerous to passengers who travel on that road.”
Which is why we should all find a way to celebrate the hundredth birthday of Penn Station this week (it’s a Virgo!), ugly man-woman statue notwithstanding. Penn Station is the eighth busiest rail terminal in the country, and even though they replaced that wonderful clicking/flipping arrivals & information board with a digital one, it’s still an endearing place to linger while you wait for your delayed Northeast Regional. It’s got the scruffy charm that DC’s Union Station lacks, and its less overwhelming than New York’s Penn Station. Now if they could only open a cafe that would sell me a Naked Juice for less than $5, I’ll be happy.
(Stop by the station over the next month to view artifacts, photos, and memorabilia commemorating the station’s centennial.)