Jacques Kelly came to the the old Evening Sun as a summer intern in 1969. For many years, he was on the staff of the old News American, ...
February 27, 2015
Just two years ago, I was sitting in a 12-foot-wide Remington rowhouse discussing the future of the neighborhood with one of its residents.
February 20, 2015
A free publication arrived this week to help people interested in Baltimore's African-American history understand their city and its neighborhoods. "A Lasting Legacy: Baltimore's African-American History Passport" is a handy resource.
February 13, 2015
I walk along Charles Street because it's never dull, empty or static. Lately, I've been fascinated by a trio of animated men dressed up as Statues of Liberty. They carry advertising signboards for a tax preparation service. Its office is in a building where, more than 50 years I ago, I bought my toy electric trains.
February 6, 2015
Customers walk into her Village of Cross Keys shop and ask Betty Cooke if she still has a place on Tyson Street in downtown Baltimore's Mount Vernon. She did, beginning in 1946, when she bought a ramshackle 1830s rowhouse and joined fellow pioneer renovators. She had her design and jewelry shop in the home's front and her workbench in the back. In time, she and her husband and business partner, William Steinmetz, expanded their shop and design studio to an L-shaped collection of buildings at Read and Tyson.
January 30, 2015
The profile of a new residential component in North Baltimore has pretty much taken shape over the past few months. Since 1971, we've called it the Rotunda. Before that, the 700 block of W. 40th St. was the old Maryland Casualty Co., a Baltimore-born business that spared little expense to create a handsome headquarters within a finely landscaped corporate campus. There were once tennis courts, ornamental fish ponds and garden walks where the new buildings have risen.
January 23, 2015
Readers asked me about departed Northeast Baltimore bakeries, establishments such as Buchler's and Rueckert's. The Baltimore Sun's Recipe Finder column issued a request this week for a jelly cake made by Fiske's on Park Avenue in Bolton Hill.
January 16, 2015
On a recent cold night, I stepped inside Liam Flynn's Ale House in the North Avenue Market building.
January 9, 2015
As city consultants consider the downtown Lexington Market's future, I dropped by this week. There is no firm timetable for what is promised to be an overdue upgrade, but change appears to be on the horizon.
January 2, 2015
I had to look twice at two facing commercial blocks along South Broadway. After two years of hard work, what is called the Marketplace at Fells Point is ready for occupancy. So ready, more than half of its apartments have tenants. If you hadn't known what it looked like 18 months ago, you would not detect the newness of what you are observing.
December 26, 2014
Baltimoreans often use outdated names to refer to familiar spots and buildings, and 2014 forced me to refresh my list of rechristenings.
December 19, 2014
As you enter the doors of Bel-Garden Bi-Rite Supermarket, you realize this neighborhood store could only be in Baltimore. There are jumbo jars of pickled onions and pickled eggs. On Wednesdays in the winter, the store offers ladle-your-own take-home sour beef and dumplings. Tuesday is liver-and-onions day. Schmierkase, the creamy dessert cake beloved by old-fashioned Baltimoreans, is available seven days a week.
December 12, 2014
The old Gwynns Falls Junior High School is a noble survivor. Cast off by the school system nearly 30 years ago, then purchased by a church, this West Baltimore academic landmark is now poised to see its corridors filled with about 875 students attending a progressive city charter school.
December 5, 2014
A trip to the Baltimore Museum of Industry reveals the little worlds of neighborhoods and shopping in Baltimore about 60 years ago.
October 31, 2014
A recent article about a million-dollar price on a West Lee Street rowhouse reminded me of the autumn of 1974, when I became a participant in neighborhood advocacy journalism. My article ran Nov. 1, 1974, in the old News American and detailed how the city was reconsidering the fate of dozens of early 19th-century homes that were scheduled to be torn down for temporary City Fair parking.
October 24, 2014
Architect Donald Sickler can still recall the color of brick that helped quiet the anxiety surrounding a North Baltimore apartment house that Guilford residents feared would resemble a steely hulk.
October 10, 2014
In the summer of 2013, I visited the Clifton Mansion, which sits atop the little hill in the Northeast Baltimore park and golf course, as a $7 million restoration effort got underway.
April 22, 2011
If you lived in Baltimore in the 1970s, it seemed that William Donald Schaefer paved every alley. An exaggeration? Yes. But then, as now, old Baltimore needed a lot of fixing and Schaefer was in his neighborhood mode. He did it well and had the support of some pretty amazing people. He listened to his aides and he also obsessed over letters his constituents mailed him.
February 14, 2004
AS MY CAB turned south on Eutaw Street on Tuesday night, I asked the driver, "Where are the moving lights?"
February 22, 2003
IVE OFTEN thought that Baltimore possesses three truly great object collections: the Cone sisters' canvases, the treasure of Henry and William Walters and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Yes, the rail museum at Pratt and Poppleton, which suffered such a direct hit from this week's snowstorm, is this country's knockout stable of iron-horse history.
February 17, 2001
THE TELEVISION shows of 45 years ago were fairly tame fare compared to what the networks and cable deliver today. But certainly when this medium was relatively new - and the arrival of a fresh set in the neighborhood was still something of a novelty - gathering around the black-and-white screen was an event.
February 10, 2001
IHEARD this week from my sister, the mother of the twin girls who just turned 3. All her children (she has three) are down with the sort of childhood maladies that arrive in the late winter. Her washing machine is working overtime. The children just aren't themselves. Or are they?