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Southwest Partnership Launches ‘Southwest Works’ to Connect Residents with Jobs

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Rachel Goodrich, career navigator for the new Southwest Works program

A nonprofit that serves more than a half-dozen Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods is transforming the scope of its work with the launch of a new workforce development program.

Ex-Baltimore Cop Shoots Teen During Attempted Carjacking in Carroll Park

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A 13-year-old may be spending Christmas in the hospital after police say he was shot by a former Baltimore police officer during an attempted carjacking in Carroll Park.

NTSB: School Bus Driver in SW Baltimore Collision Had Recent History with Crashes, Seizures

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Courtesy NTSB/MTA Police
Courtesy NTSB/MTA Police

Federal investigators have released some troubling new findings about the school bus driver killed in the bus collision that killed six people and injured 10 in Southwest Baltimore early last month.

Feds Rule Out Mechanical Failure in Bus Crash

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Vigil for MTA bus driver, Courtesy WBAL-TV
Vigil for MTA bus driver, Courtesy WBAL-TV

Another day, another step in the investigation of Tuesday’s mysterious fatal bus collision in Southwest Baltimore. Today, federal investigators said they determined neither the MTA bus nor the school bus had any mechanical defects that caused them to collide.

School Bus Driver in Fatal Frederick Avenue Crash Had Invalid License

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Courtesy WBAL-TV
Courtesy WBAL-TV

While authorities investigate what caused a school bus to crash into an MTA bus and a Ford Mustang in Baltimore on Tuesday, an unfortunate detail emerged today about the driver of the school bus: his commercial driver’s license was invalid.

Police Investigating Cause of Fatal Two-Bus Crash in Southwest Baltimore

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Courtesy WBAL-TV
Courtesy WBAL-TV

Investigators are still poring through the evidence from yesterday’s crash between a Ford Mustang, a school bus and an MTA commuter bus to figure out what led to the tragic collision.

What Will Happen to Uplands, Baltimore?

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It used to be you couldn’t walk through Uplands — my high school was right near it and driving there we’d have to arc around the whole complex, it was just too dangerous. Since their abandonment in the late 90’s and before the massive renovation began in ’09, the 100-some acre west-Baltimore property between Edmonson Village and Irvington was the largest vacant area in the entire city, with close to 1,000 units, empty except for squatters and trash. When they finally started knocking the buildings down, surrounding neighborhoods started worrying about all the rats that would have to find new areas to infest.

Diamond In The Rough: 8,000 Square Foot, Unfinished Loft On Hollins Street

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HOT HOUSE: 1008 Hollins Street, Baltimore 21223

Circa 1871 New York style loft building, former livery stable, then fruit warehouse in SoWeBo (Southwest Baltimore). Zoned commercial/industrial. Partly heated, rudimentary kitchen and bathroom. 8,000 sq. ft. with skylights, rope-operated freight elevator, remote control door: $575,000

What: A jaw-dropping, raw, Tribecca brand of loft space, one of the few left here in Baltimore. Originally a livery stable for a large undertaking operation on Baltimore Street, some of the interior wood has had a former life as caskets. The owner, an artist in the film industry, is half-hearted about selling. He has great plans (and materials) for a sweeping staircase, a reading loft and more. It was “very raw” space when he acquired it, 15 years ago, and served as party/performance space through the 90’s.

Still unfinished by most standards, he’s installed plumbing, new windows, and a giant triple-insulated skylight with a prism that attracts light to the interior in winter and refracts it in the summer. There are just enough amenities to support life, (stove, bathtub and toilet) if you’re pretty relaxed. Also “the roof is bad.” But there is real beauty in the giant scale of the place – 30 foot ceilings and exposed surfaces that reveal an ancient industrial past. Light that streams through clerestory windows, turning floating particles into hypnotic fairy dust. In the right hands, this would surpass the Woodberry Kitchen as a successful architectural renovation. Any takers?   

Where: Hollins Street is on the other side of Martin Luther King Boulevard, the bad side. Gentrification, however, is well underway.  The sleek new buildings of University of Maryland are just 100 yards away, across MLK, and coming this way. There are funky shops, cute restaurants and interestingly, many beauty salons already here. Not to mention the bustling Hollins Market right on the corner. Follow MLK Boulevard south to West Baltimore Street, take a right and then a left onto S. Schroeder Street, and a quick right onto Hollins. 

Why: Because you have either the eye of an artist or the head of a real-estate investor.You need one or both of those to realize the potential here.

Would Suit: Andy Warhol. This could be the Factory of Baltimore.

NB:  See “bad side” above, so no kids. Also, obviously, tons of work needed. It would be a labor of love.  

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