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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2011
Lucretia Billings Fisher, the leader of an early effort to save Fells Point and Federal Hill from a 1960s interstate highway, died of renal failure Friday at her Ruxton home. She was 98. "Lu Fisher was way ahead of her time," said former Judge Thomas Ward, a fellow preservationist and former City Council member. "There weren't too many people who saw the possibilities of those neighborhoods when she did. " Born Lucretia Billings in Pittsburgh, she attended the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Her father was a prominent physician and her mother was a Mayflower descendant.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | October 28, 2011
Dickens W. Warfield, a psychologist who as associate director of Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. became an outspoken advocate for fair housing, died Oct. 21 of liver cancer at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. The former longtime Towson resident was 86. The daughter of a lawyer and a homemaker, Dickens Waddell was born in Detroit, and later moved with her family to Pittsburgh, where she attended what is now Carnegie Mellon University for two years. After the death in 1944 of her father, she and her mother moved to Roland Park, where she enrolled at Goucher College and was a 1946 Phi Beta Kappa graduate, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2011
Andy York recently bought a T-shirt that captures how he feels about his city. The design includes various implements of violence that include brass knuckles, a switchblade, a noose and a brick in the shape of a heart. "It all comes down to self-deprecating humor," said York, a Pigtown resident who plans to wear the tee to live music events or festivals. "I would be really upset if someone from Pittsburgh was wearing a shirt like that. " Elected officials and tourism industry leaders have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars developing slogans to emphasize Baltimore's finer points.
NEWS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2011
A man died after being shot in the North Baltimore neighborhood of Pen Lucy Thursday afternoon, police said. He was shot about 4:30 p.m. in the 4200 block of Old York Road, said Det. Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. There has been one other homicide in the Pen Lucy neighborhood in the past six months. On June 14, officers found Angelo Maurice Winston lying on the sidewalk in the 600 block of Dumbarton Ave., three blocks south of Thursday's shooting death. Winston, of the 700 block of Cator Ave., walked past a vehicle and was shot by one of its occupants, suffering gunshot wounds to the head, torso and limbs, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2011
South Baltimore's had a prolific year in nightlife. Barfly's, Barracudas and the Park Bench are just a few of the bars that have popped up. The latest is the Feisty Goat, a sports bar on Key Highway that is as low-key as those other new bars. Open since last month, Feisty Goat is an agreeable sports bar, adequate for sports fans looking for a no-frills atmosphere to watch a game. But, it could use some improvements in service, atmosphere and variety. Located on the first floor of a rowhouse on Key Highway, the bar has the feeling of someone's basement rec room.
NEWS
By Timothy D. Armbruster | August 29, 2011
As the mayoral campaign nears September's primary election, it has been heartening to see an unusually robust debate among the principal candidates about how best to deal with the many economic and social challenges facing Baltimore City. However, whether the topic is an unsustainable property tax rate, crime and the police, the public schools, the environment, jobs and economic development or housing, to some observers two things have been conspicuously absent from the conversation: the recognition by the candidates that these issues are not independent of one another if the ultimate goal is to improve and sustain Baltimore's neighborhoods; and, in that context, what a compelling, cohesive community development strategy for the city would look like.
NEWS
By Barbara Aylesworth | May 11, 2011
The life I experience as a 30-year resident and homeowner in Northeast Baltimore is quite different from the picture painted recently in The Sun. I've worked in community development for 16 years and know the Northeast Baltimore neighborhoods well. I have seen them evolve from quasi-suburban outposts to sought-after places with distinct amenities and some of Baltimore's most interesting people. Yes, the neighborhoods of Ednor Gardens, Belair-Edison, Lauraville, and Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello share the problems of most urban neighborhoods, but these communities are popular homeownership destinations for young families and fertile ground for prosperous new businesses.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2011
There were hats, of course, straw boaters at the aquarium and Preakness-worthy confections in Mount Vernon. Then there was the quirkier haberdashery, like a purple top hat one man in Federal Hill swept off as he bowed with a flourish when William Donald Schaefer's casket passed by. There were tribal shout-outs — "Edgewood Street!" one guy kept booming, except he wasn't on Edgewood Street but just proud to hail from it — and old campaign buttons and faded photos and, most of all, memories hauled out of the collective basement of a city that almost pathologically hoards them.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly | April 15, 2011
It's hard to believe there may be a day soon when there's no Superfresh in Maryland. I grew up with its corporate parent, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. The A&P seemed to be everywhere, even the little ones with wooden floors and the mechanical coffee grinders adjacent to the Cross Street and Broadway markets. I can see the Art Deco-style bags for the Eight O'Clock, Red Circle and Bokar coffees that were ground as you waited. We had Jane Parker iced Spanish bar cake, Iona canned goods and Ann Page pineapple preserves.
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