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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, ...

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Changes taking shape at Rotunda complex

Changes taking shape at Rotunda complex

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.

  • Baltimore's bounty of bakeries

    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.

  • Looking back on the efforts of Central Baltimore's key supporter

    January 16, 2015

    On a recent cold night, I stepped inside Liam Flynn's Ale House in the North Avenue Market building.

  • Hopes for a return to glory for Lexington Market

    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.

  • Checking up on Marketplace at Fells Point

    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.

  • 2014 saw many changes to buildings around Baltimore

    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    Baltimoreans often use outdated names to refer to familiar spots and buildings, and 2014 forced me to refresh my list of rechristenings.

  • Northeast Baltimore's treasured food store grows a bit

    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.

  • Old academic institution to become a school once again

    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.

  • Exhibit shows Baltimore's shopping habits of 1950s and 1960s

    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.

  • Remembering the homesteaders of Otterbein

    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.

  • Residents of Highfield House mark its 50th year

    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.

  • Clifton Mansion transformed in $7 million restoration

    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.

  • Schaefer was the neighborhood mayor

    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.

  • Hippo's opening another night to remember

    February 14, 2004

    AS MY CAB turned south on Eutaw Street on Tuesday night, I asked the driver, "Where are the moving lights?"

  • Hoping B&O Museum is able to maintain pieces of history

    February 22, 2003

    I’VE 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.

  • Saturday nights in 'Perry Mason's' courtroom

    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.

  • Chief medical advice from family: Get better

    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?

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