Featured, Food & Drink, Mt. Vernon, Real Estate & Home

The Owners of ‘Sascha’s Cafe’ Have Put their Landmark Building on Charles Street Up for Sale

1 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 12:11pm

The restaurant building at 527 N. Charles Street was used to film a key scene in Barry Levinson’s movie, Diner.

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Featured, Urban Landscape

Agora Buys Two Charles Street Buildings; Pratt Street Parcel Draws Three Bids; Apartments Proposed for Federal Hill; Ayers Saint Gross Honored

0 Written by: | Monday, Nov 21, 2016 3:01pm

Agora's new building

One of Agora’s two new buildings

A long-dormant building on Charles Street will come back to life starting today, after a new owner renovated it and moved employees in over the weekend.

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Charles Village, Featured, Lifeline

Construction on Charles Street is Officially Done

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 9:34am

34th_StreetThe era of construction in Charles Village is over. City officials marked the end of the three-year project on Charles Street on Tuesday. Read More →

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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Featured, Lifeline

Running Doc Makes Rapid Recovery, Hopes to Return to Running in 2015

2 Written by: | Friday, Sep 06, 2013 12:31pm


On March 28, 2013, Dr. Ted Houk was commuting to work, as usual, with a morning run.  For years, the Lutherville doctor had become a familiar face to commuters on Charles Street as he jogged past traffic in black bicycle shorts, briefcase in hand, with a long braid down his back. But that March morning nearly six months ago, he was jogging down Charles Street when he was hit on the right leg by the bumper of a car, cracked the car’s windshield, and was immediately flown to Maryland Shock Trauma.  The accident left him with numerous fractures in his right leg, two fractures in his right collarbone, four cuts around the left knee, and a chip fracture in his left hip.

Dr. Houk before the accident.

Dr. Houk before the accident.

Since the accident, Dr. Houk, an internist who practiced independently, has endured surgeries, therapy and more. After months of tender care from his wife – and office manager – Pamela Jenkins, he’s been making a wonderfully rapid recovery.  He will return to practicing medicine in January 2014, and hopes to be up and running by 2015. Read More →

Money & Power, Station North

Baltimore’s Ongoing Disaster: Water Main Breaks

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Nov 07, 2012 9:42am

The new Charles Street River? Photo by Lee Gardner

Maybe you were trying to drive up Charles Street to get to work this morning, only to find this crucial throughway under water — not because of a hurricane, but because a water main broke. Or maybe you (like me) woke up one morning in August to find the sidewalk outside your house had turned into a river. Or maybe you were terrified by the news of the sinkhole that opened in the middle of the street in Southwest Baltimore this summer. In any case, it’s clear by now:  Baltimore’s water mains are in terrible shape, and they’re only going to keep breaking. So what’s a city without a whole lot of extra money to spend on improving aging infrastructure to do?

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Culture, Real Estate & Home, Station North

The New New York Fried Chicken Building Brings New Life to the Station North Arts District

0 Written by: | Thursday, Nov 01, 2012 10:38am

Photo (and rooster art) by Gaia

The former New York Fried Chicken building on the corner of North Avenue and Charles Street used to be a monument to late night bad-decision eating (oh, those little styrofoam tubs of mac n cheese!); but since it was shuttered over a year ago, it’s become a symbol of the precarious state of Station North, a neighborhood hovering somewhere between gentrification and neglect. So we were excited to hear about the recently-announced plans to redevelop the building and incorporate it into the area’s thriving arts community.
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Charles Village, Lifeline

Charles Street Construction Closing Chaos: Nevermind

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 05, 2012 11:34am

Johns Hopkins - Charles Village - Charles Street Reconstruction

Photo by Casey Prather

Starting this past spring, we’ve been dreading the traffic and noise and general chaos that was sure to arrive when the major Charles Street reconstruction closed several main trafficways in Charles Village. When it didn’t happen, we were relieved — and a little puzzled. “July!” the planners claimed. “Seriously, things are gonna start getting crazy in July!” A few months later:  “And by July, we meant September. For real this time. September.” And each of those times, we believed them. Silly us.
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Charles Village, Lifeline

Charles Street Detours Begin

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 06, 2012 7:01am

Charles Street construction

Photo by Casey Prather

They said Spring 2012, but nothing happened. “Later this month!” they promised back in July — but the roads remained clear. It started to seem as though the ultimately-good-but-really-stressful-for-the-next-few-years reconstruction of Charles Street might not happen at all. But as all you commuters probably noticed, the re-routing begins this week; Charles Street is down to one lane between 28th Street and University Parkway, and the southbound carriage lane is now closed. Traffic updates here; alter your commute accordingly.

Charles Village, Culture, Mt. Vernon, Real Estate & Home, Station North

Charles Street: Thoughts on Urban Duality

2 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 19, 2012 11:00am

Baltimore Fishbowl intern Moses Hubbard, Mt. St. Joe ’11, wrote the following essay as part of his high school senior project. Moses and friends collaborated on “a multimedia artistic rendering of Baltimore,” ultimately completing a short movie with music. Moses’s writing served as the film’s poetic narration. “We felt a weird sort of pull from the city, like gravity, that none of us could ignore,” he says. Moses is a rising sophomore at Fordham University. 

Charles Street begins undramatically. It sprouts out where I-95 runs through the south side of Federal Hill, after a stretch of water and some train tracks, between two gutted warehouses. This first block is more parking lot than road, and a few abandoned cars can usually be found parked at haphazard angles along the street or in the grass beside it. It’s a humble origin for what becomes one of Baltimore’s most dynamic and important streets. Read More →

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