Top Stories: Anti-Panhandler Agenda in Fed Hill, Park Café and Coffee Bar Shuts Down, Apartment for Sale in Wyndhurst Co-Op

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Our most popular read this week was about the anti-panhandler social media activity of the Federal Hill Hospitality Association, a nonprofit that represents “roughly 20 restaurants and bars” in the South Baltimore neighborhood, according to its website.

This month, the group began posting some pointed messages on its Twitter and Facebook accounts, instructing locals to “#reclaimBALTIMORE” by ceasing to give money to panhandlers. This week, the group regularly posting photos with captions recommending neighbors and patrons use their dollars and change for gas or to pay for parking, instead of giving them to those begging for assistance on the corners and sidewalks. The group has also said it’s called the cops on panhandlers. Some tweets tagged city officials and even the U.S. Justice Department to try to bring attention to the matter.

City residents have lashed back at the campaign online, saying it casts an uncharitable and exclusionary light on the neighborhood’s popular bars and restaurants. The organization’s leaders still haven’t returned requests for comment and couldn’t be reached by phone on Friday, but appear to be defending their stance. In subsequent replies, the group said it really wants to help those less fortunate, tweeting in one instance, “We want the city to help get treatment and we do not want them panhandling and walking to Sharp Leadenhall for a fix.”

Here were our other most popular reads this week:

Cynthia McIntyre – “Hot House: Inside The Legendary Wyndhurst Co-Op, One Apartment Quietly Asks $875K” – Tuesday, July 11

Ed Gunts – “After Multiple Robberies, a Popular Coffee Bar Closes in Bolton Hill” – Friday, July 7

Susan Dunn – “Ruxton, Riderwood, Lake Roland Residents Turn Out to Oppose the ‘Village of Lake Roland’” – Thursday, July 13

Ethan McLeod – “The Bun Shop to Open a Third Location in Towson” – Monday, July 10

Ethan McLeod – “5 Baltimore-Area Residents Arrested After Alleged Lingerie Heists in Pennsylvania” – Wednesday, July 12

Kit Pollard – “Hot Plate: Clavel Expanding, haenyo Pops Up, Bastille Day Celebrations” – Friday, July 7

Ethan McLeod – “Body Found Stuffed in Shopping Cart in Southeast Baltimore” – Tuesday, July 11

Ethan McLeod – “Rising Sophomore Student-Athlete at Hopkins Found Dead Near Campus” – Friday, July 14

Ethan McLeod – “Police Commissioner Kevin Davis Criticizes Councilman for Criticizing City Police” – Thursday, July 13

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