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Downtown Baltimore is Getting a New Grocery Store

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 20, 2015 4:39pm

The DC Streets Market & Cafe

The DC Streets Market & Cafe

A downtown Baltimore space that’s the right size for a grocery store is set to get its third operator in the fall. According to the Baltimore Business Journal, Streets Market and Cafe is set to open in early September. Read More →

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend, Downtown, Featured

Pints in the Park

0 Written by: | Saturday, Jul 04, 2015 3:00pm

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catch of the day fish (2)Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to make sure you spend plenty of time outside. And preferably with a good brew or two. Summer festivals and special events are great for that (since, well, drinking in public otherwise is illegal). One great monthly happening you can enjoy all the way into September is Pints in the Park– the fabulous outdoor happy hour that makes summer even happier.  Read More →

Belvedere Square, Downtown, Lifeline, Mt. Vernon

Guess Which Are Baltimore’s Most-Walkable Neighborhoods

1 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 9:57am

Photo by Graham Coriel-Allen via Flickr

Photo by Graham Coriel-Allen via Flickr

Did you walk to work/school/the store today? If so, then you were part of the proof that Baltimore’s a decently walkable city… in certain parts of town, at least. Read More →

Downtown, Featured, Real Estate & Home

The Building That Nobody Wants to Buy

2 Written by: | Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 9:19am

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The former PNC building in downtown Baltimore looks perfectly fine from the outside. It’s roomy (380,000 square feet) and tall (22 stories)– and yet for the second time, a prospective buyer has backed out at the last minute.  Read More →

Downtown, Featured, Lifeline

New Webcam Obsession: Baltimore’s Peregrine Falcons

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 9:06am

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In 1978, a peregrine falcon named Scarlett made her home on the 33rd floor ledge of Baltimore’s Transamerica building. In the decades since, Scarlett’s fellow falcons have continue to nest on the downtown skyscraper.

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Downtown, Food & Drink

Chipotle Moves In Next to Camden Yards

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 9:11am

Photo via imgur

Photo via imgur

Do you like burritos and baseball? If so, you’re in luck.

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Downtown, Hot House, Real Estate & Home

Attention, Urban Pioneers: 1860 Townhouse For Sale On Union Square, SoWeBo

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 11:34am

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Hot House: 1522 Hollins Street, Union Square, Baltimore, 21223

Victorian townhouse, brick exterior, circa 1860. 2,804 sq. ft. over three stories. R-9 zoned for two apartments, both currently occupied. Three bedrooms, 3 full baths. Hardwood floors throughout, 9 foot ceilings, original wood trim, fireplace mantels, many architectural features, central a/c. Unfinished basement, fully fenced back garden. Additional two-story, 13 x 29 foot carriage house in rear, with full bath: $274,900 Read More →

Downtown, Food & Drink, Harbor East, Lifeline

New Grocery Stores Eyed for 2 Downtown Spaces; Could One Be Whole Foods?

0 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 4:00pm

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Grocers are among the many businesspeople who see opportunity in the new development sprouting up around downtown Baltimore. But even as deals in a pair of separate spaces on Fleet St. and N. Charles St. supposedly develop, officials haven’t been willing to put names to these potential grocery suitors. Read More →

Culture, Downtown, Featured, Money & Power

Horseshoe Casino, Reviewed: Bets and Bars, Without the Free Drinks

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 11:40am

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As that little skirmish on the first weekend indicated, a fighting stance belies the glitz of the Horseshoe Casino’s coming-out party.

The highway-side billboards for the Maryland Live! Casino in Arundel Mills advertise “Over $10 billion in payouts and counting,” a reminder that the two-year-old gaming complex was there first, and could be easily accessed on the way home.

At a time when Atlantic City casinos are folding and Horseshoe corporate parent Caeser’s has fewer chips to bet, the appeal of a competitor outside the gates is more necessary evil than welcome opportunity for brand synergy.

As such, the Horseshoe’s farriers have taken great pains to make sure wipe from the memory banks and any thought of the neighbor to the south. In fact, from the moment visitors walk safely under cover from the massive parking garage into the casino itself, a neverending stream of bright lights and loud noises wipe away all thoughts of the outside world. The bar doesn’t even close, so there’s no reason to leave.

That first moment entering the casino doesn’t seem designed to appeal to the old school riverboat gambler. Rather, the flash of fluorescent lights seems to be seeking the same disorienting burst of energy that makes children light up when they walk into Chuck-E-Cheese, or wherever the kids go to get silly with their parents’ money these days. At the Horseshoe entrance, however, there is a security guard checking IDs, and the lights shimmering above strive for a bit more elegance.

 

Elegant lights shine from above.

Striving for elegance at the Horseshoe Casino

The entrance spits patrons forth into a maze of slot machines and tables that form the main event for most casino-goers. After taking a couple of laps around the first floor, it became immediately clear that all of the shining, buzzing machines were the main attraction. The gambling takes up most of the center, with the exception of the 24-hour bar. Read More →

Downtown, Featured, Money & Power

A $450K Fence Will Keep Homeless off War Memorial Site

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 8:35am

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Whether or not you accept the necessity of the $450,000 steel fence being built around the War Memorial across from City Hall to keep out the homeless, the pathetic irony involved with it — some of those homeless have fought in wars! — is out of control.

Backers of the fence, paid for with city and state money, say it is needed to preserve the “integrity and dignity” of the memorial, which has hitherto suffered the indignities of tents and “makeshift kitchens” on its grassy plaza and sleepers on its stone steps. And those are indignities that can’t but interfere with the city’s efforts to increase the use of the War Memorial’s facilities. Read More →

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