Our top story this week marked what will likely prove to be a pivotal moment in 2017: City lawmakers voted unanimously to tear down four controversial statues honoring the Confederate legacy in Baltimore.

Following last weekend’s violent, hate-motivated unrest that began with protests about a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Va., cities around the country moved to eject their controversial monuments with lightning speed. While Baltimore didn’t beat out the citizens of Durham, N.C., lawmakers here nonetheless acted quickly. Over the weekend, Councilman Brandon Scott drafted a resolution that called for the city to “destroy” the statues. On Monday night, right after he modified the proposal by subbing out “deconstruct” for “destroy,” he and his colleagues all voted in favor.

The following night, Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered all of them to be torn and carted off, and the rest was…actually, that history is still playing out.

Here were the other most popular stories from Baltimore Fishbowl this week:

Ethan McLeod – “Someone Toppled the ‘Madre Luz’ Sculpture that Briefly Replaced Baltimore’s Lee-Jackson Monument” – Thursday, Aug. 17

Rachel Monroe – “The Ku Klux Klan Is Apparently Still Alive and Well in Maryland” – April 8, 2016

Ethan McLeod – “Confederate Monument in Bolton Hill Defaced with Lots of Red Paint” – Monday, Aug. 14

Kit Pollard – “Hot Plate: Blue Moon Cafe Turns 21, Peach Festival at Weber’s, Cocktail Dinner at Ouzo Bay” – Friday, Aug. 11

Ethan McLeod – “How Many Hate Groups Have Put Down Roots in Maryland?” – Monday, Aug. 14

Ethan McLeod – “City Removes its Four Confederate Monuments Overnight” – Wednesday, Aug. 16

Ethan McLeod – “Local Eateries Band Together for City’s First-Ever Vegan Restaurant Week” – Thursday, Aug. 17

Ethan McLeod – “Hundreds Gather at Wyman Park Dell to Protest White Supremacism Following Charlottesville Violence” – Monday, Aug. 14

Ethan McLeod – “This Family is Selling its 55-Acre, Goat-Filled Island in the Bay for $1.5M” – Monday, Aug. 7

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...