April 2, 2014
Elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus visited a Baltimore staple Wednesday for a mid-circus snack. In town for performances at the Baltimore Arena since March 26 through April 6, the elephants visited the Lexington Market for a vegetarian buffet. Four Asian elephants made the trip, munching on bananas, carrots, apples and more outside the venue. Circus fans and children looked on in a rare opportunity to see the pachyderms on city streets. The meal is a staple alongside the circus, and has been held annually for 30 years while the elephants are in town.
March 15, 2014
Thank you for publishing Lola J. Massey's letter to the editor in Thursday's Sun ( "Many share blame for Lexington Market's woes," March 13). Ms. Massey said it all and said it very well. Please do the citizens of Maryland who would like to use the Lexington Market Metro station, the market itself, and the surrounding business and cultural attractions a service by staying with this story and getting to the bottom of why there is no visible action on the part of city and state officials to make this area as important as the Inner Harbor, Harbor East and other tourist attractions.
March 11, 2014
In reference to "Market malaise" (March 9), I fault the city government, the police department and all mayors past and present for the monstrosity that is World Famous Lexington Market. If reporter Scott Calvert can tell the public the story of the ugliness that prevails in and around this market, why haven't the powers that be taken charge? I used to ride the subway from Baltimore County to go to the Hippodrome Theater , but the last time I went was so devastating with the drug addicts and dealers, plus harassment of theater goers, I refuse to come back.
March 11, 2014
The Sun's coverage of Lexington Market has been one-sided and, in my opinion, borders on being racist ("Baltimore, merchants seek relief for a beleaguered Lexington Market," March 8). I am a teacher at Polytechnic Institute. Every year for more than three decades I have taken my English students to the central Pratt Library for a full day to kick off the work for their research papers. For many of those years, we have all walked from the library to Lexington Market for lunch. Only last month we conducted one of these scholarly field trips for this year's students.
March 8, 2014
The pill peddlers were busy on Eutaw Street. Up and down the sidewalk they shuffled, hawking a variety of goods - methadone, the anxiety drug Xanax and other prescription medications - in a street code repeated over and over. "Bukes and bars, bukes and bars," one man said rhythmically, slang for the buprenorphine strips used to treat heroin addiction and bar-shaped Xanax tablets. Steps away, a huge sign heralded the entrance to another busy world of buying and selling: "World Famous Lexington Market," a fixture on downtown Baltimore's west side since 1782.
January 26, 2014
A move nearly 10 years in the making starts Monday as the Social Security Administration begins relocating 1,600 employees from a massive facility near Lexington Market to a new, trimmer facility uptown. They leave behind two blocks of empty buildings from 1980, the outdated remnants of a federal plan to inject economic activity into Baltimore's west side — an area still struggling to capture the renaissance occurring in other parts of the city. The complex's workers, whose numbers have dropped from almost 3,500 in 2001, once generated 20 percent of sales at the nearby Italian deli Trinacria, said Vince Fava, owner of the Paca Street fixture that sells sandwiches, homemade pasta and other gourmet products.