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