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Charles Village, Lifeline

Charles Street Road Construction Is Almost Over

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 9:43am


It feels like just yesterday that we were warning you, dear readers, about the “the ultimately-good-but-really-stressful-for-the-next-few-years reconstruction of Charles Street” — but in reality, it’s taken two years to complete the construction project aimed at making the area around Johns Hopkins more pedestrian friendly. The reconstruction involved shutting down both north- and south-bound lanes of Charles Street, a major thoroughfare, for months. But drivers take note: That’s about to change, sooner than you might expect.

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Charles Village, Featured, Health and Fitness

Baltimore’s Best New Addition: The Wyman Park Ping Pong Table

2 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 9:09am

Photo via Friends of Wyman Park Facebook page

Photo via Friends of Wyman Park Facebook page

After years of publicity, fundraising, and galvanizing community support, Ping Pong Baltimore has accomplished one of its longtime goals: Installing a permanent ping pong table in Wyman Park Dell.

The idea arose out of community building workshops dating back to 2011, which happened to be attended by representatives from Friends of Wyman Park Dell, landscape architecture/urban design firm Mahan Rykiel Associates, and Ping Pong Baltimore: Why not put a ping pong table in the park? Fast forward three years, one successful online fundraising campaign, several grants, and lots of city paperwork later, and there’s now a ping pong table installed on a concrete pad near the corner of 29th and Charles Streets.

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Charles Village, Culture, Shop Local, Station North

This Afternoon! First Art Walk in Old Goucher

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 13, 2014 3:00pm



Art Walk in Old Goucher

June 13th , 20th, and 27th


2100 and 2200 blocks of North Charles St

I walk through the Old Goucher neighborhood almost daily. I always run into interesting people, architecture, and some funny business signs. Its hard to believe that until the 1870s, the neighborhood was mostly rural, occupied by farms and large country homes. The end of the Civil War seems to have marked the beginning of development in this neighborhood. Through the years, once occupied by Baltimore Women’s College (later Goucher College), then steadily transforming into a district known for printing and advertising, the neighborhood grew a little dodgy, and appropriated a notoriously funky smell. But whether you realize or not, quite a few new residencies are popping up inside these late Victorian brownstones. Read More →

Charles Village, Station North

City Considers Two-Way Traffic on Calvert and St. Paul Streets?

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 13, 2014 9:15am

Two-Way Traffic on Calvert?

Calvert Street in Charles Village

The city of Baltimore has set aside $140,000 to study the pros and cons of opening up Calvert Street (which runs north) and St. Paul  Street (which runs south) to two-way traffic.

The change would affect the streets from Lafayette in Station North to University Parkway at the edge of Oakenshawe. Read More →

Charles Village, House of the Day, Real Estate, Home & Garden

House of the Day: Spacious, Classic Rowhouse in Charles Village

0 Written by: | Monday, Jun 09, 2014 4:15pm

2647 Maryland Avenue, South Charles Village
5 bedroom(s), 2.5 bathroom(s)


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Charles Village, Culture

Art World Luminaries Visit BMA to Discuss Contemporary Artist Bruce Nauman

0 Written by: | Monday, Jun 09, 2014 1:15pm


The Baltimore Museum of Art’s Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FoMaCA) present a rare opportunity for audiences to hear from art insiders about Bruce Nauman’s innovative career and influence on Thursday, June 12 at 6 p.m. Participants include Nauman’s studio manager Juliet Myers, gallerist Paul Schimmel, and art critic Peter Plagens. Every audience member at the June 12 event will be entered to win a free copy of the new biography Bruce Nauman: The True Artist (Phaidon, May 2014, $125). Written by Plagens, the hardback book features 300 beautifully illustrated works by Nauman.
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Catch of the Day, Charles Village

Charm City Craft Mafia’s Pile of Craft

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 1:28pm

Crfaft Fair

catch of the day fish (2)Every holiday season, we wait with bated breath for the Charm City Craft Mafia’s Holiday Heap—our very favorite of the holiday season craft fairs. We go early, we buys snacks, and we shop ‘til we drop. Sure, we say it’s all about finding gifts for loved ones, but rare is the year that we don’t come home with gifts for ourselves. It’s impossible not to! The Craft Mafia does such an outstanding job of finding the coolest, most masterful vendors for their craft fairs that even the most restrained shopper often can’t resist the unique (and gorgeous) offerings that abound. But, like we said, that all happens in December. Alas. Thankfully though, each June, they also bring us Pile of Craft, a summer time craft fair just as rockin’ and chock full of amazingness as their Holiday Heap—and the best part is, it’s almost here. Read More →

Charles Village, Culture, Food & Drink, Health and Fitness

Kick-Off Summer at the 18th-Annual Charles Village Festival!

0 Written by: | Friday, May 30, 2014 9:00pm


Photo via Marie Claire

Photo via Marie Claire

If you walk/drive through Charles Village often you may have encountered a few obscenely bright yellow, blue, and red yard signs stuck between blooming irises. They are, in fact, publicizing the Charles Village Festival, which takes place all day Saturday May 31st and Sunday June 1st in the Wyman Park Dell at Charles and 29th Streets.

For the runners, a 5k race kicks-off the festival on Saturday at 8:30 am. After following a course that snakes through Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Campus, runners will finish in Wyman Park. Though they call it a “race,” I doubt anyone will take offense if participants choose to sleep a few hours longer and walk/mosey along the racetrack after the official race. I for one am looking forward to relaxing on a blanket in Wyman Park’s plentiful shade. Read More →

Charles Village, Lifeline, Money & Power

That Charles Village Landslide Is Going to Cost $18.5M to Repair

0 Written by: | Wednesday, May 28, 2014 8:10am

Charles Village's 26th Street landslide

The Department of Transportation will put in a request with the Board of Estimates to spend $18,563,863 on repairing the stretch of East 26th Street that collapsed onto CSX railroad tracks on April 30.

How the costs of restoration are going to be divided between the city and CSX has yet to be hammered out, but it is the opinion of Transportation Director William Johnson that the city not delay with repairs and that “recoveries be made to reimburse the City as items are negotiated and settled over the coming months.”

Those residents who have been displaced since the landslide? Johnson said they will be unable to return to their homes until June 15.

For more information, read the article in the Baltimore Sun.

Charles Village, Featured, Lifeline, Money & Power

City Says Collapse Site Is Safe, but Residents Can’t Come Home Yet

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 08, 2014 7:41am

Charles Village's 26th Street collapse

The results of sonar testing conducted by Baltimore city at the site of the 26th Street collapse revealed that the area is safe. Even so, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has stuck with her estimate that the evacuated Charles Village residents won’t not be sleeping in their own beds for weeks yet.

As for the cause of the collapse, whether it was the responsibility of the city or CSX, when the street will be restored, and whether residents’ complaints about the state of the street were properly handled, the city is still shrugging its shoulders. Read More →

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