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April 28, 1992
The Mount Royal vicinity used to include some of Baltimore's most elite addresses. The chateau-style Winans House, at St. Paul and Preston streets, is just one example of the grand residences that dotted the area in the 1880s. Mount Royal later became a victim of suburbanization and a decline in railroad passenger traffic, which had sustained many of its hotels. Just a decade ago, the area was on the verge of becoming skid row.The good news this spring is that Mount Royal is coming back in a burst of activity that will transform its image during the next couple of years.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
City officials are reminding residents that repairs planned for the Jones Falls Expressway - and nightly closures of lanes associated with that project - will begin Monday. Overnight for the next 10 months, work to replace aging rubber bridge joints and damaged concrete barriers will close lanes intermittently along large stretches of the highway, officials said. The $5 million project will cause delays, and officials urge drivers to use alternate routes or plan added travel time.
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NEWS
January 21, 1992
Last year was a banner year for Mount Vernon, the neighborhood surrounding the city's premiere square. The Hackerman House was renovated to accommodate the Walters Art Gallery's Asian collection. The Waterloo Place apartments added the choice of spanking new residences to an area where historic town houses dominate. And the Peabody Institute began the conversion of three decrepit town houses in the 600 block of North Charles Street into an elderhostel for senior citizens taking music-related courses.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2012
Twelve area bands, specializing in styles ranging from reggae to hip-hop, will be playing Artscape 2012, The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announced Monday. The winnings bands are 7IghQ and Bumpin Uglies (reggae), Brooks Long (blues), Cloud 9 (rock/hip-hop), Condor (rock), Drumfish (modern rock), Reality Band/BJR (neo-soul), Team Flex (hip-hop), This Is the Rescue (rock) and Lion Turf, Stars and The Sea and Turtle Tongue (alternative). The winning bands will perform on the Wells Fargo and Festival stages during the 31 s t Artscape, which runs July 20-22 on and around the intersection of Mount Royal and Charles streets.
NEWS
October 17, 2003
ITS GEOMETRIC shapes -- opaque white by day, translucent at night -- are strikingly enigmatic. There is no mystery, though, about the mission of the Maryland Institute College of Art's new $20 million glass edifice: It will enable students to stretch the limits of computer-created artistry. The Brown Center, dedicated today to Baltimore investment fund manager Eddie C. Brown and his wife, Sylvia, is worth celebrating because it represents far more than an educational advance in digital creativity.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | October 6, 2008
University of Baltimore and Maryland Institute College of Art officials are focusing attention and money on the areas adjacent to Baltimore's Penn Station with a goal of wresting a more attractive and recognizable neighborhood from parking lots and random, underused spaces. They have identified a spine along Mount Royal Avenue, from North Avenue to Calvert Street, as a unifying corridor the two educational institutions can enhance. They are thinking beyond trees and new curbs to apartments and shops, a joint student-community recreation center and, in their distant dreams, a soccer field above the Jones Falls Expressway.
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By JACQUES KELLY | July 17, 2004
Half of Baltimore seems to post for this weekend's Artscape on Mount Royal Avenue, that old boulevard of generous proportions made all the more tolerable by the temporary traffic ban. I prefer to remember this street before it was laced into the Jones Falls Expressway's web and made into something of a minifreeway. I also miss the double line of sycamore trees, but there's a bumpy section or two of the original brick sidewalks with crabgrass sprouting through the cracks. As you can guess, I am not a big fan of the automobile in the city.
BUSINESS
January 5, 1996
The state Board of Public Works has approved the last piece of funding for Maryland Institute College of Art to renovate the old AAA and Fox buildings at the art school's Mount Royal campus.The board on Wednesday approved $575,882 for conversion of the two buildings to academic use. The money is part of a $2.1 million state matching grant that complements money the institute raised on its own, according to paperwork the state Department of General Services gave the board before the vote.Henry H. Lewis Contractors Inc. of Owings Mills has been awarded a $1.3 million contract to do most of the renovation work.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Eric Adams | July 19, 1991
Late July. Traditionally the hottest two weeks of the year, and always a little bit hotter in the city. So how on earth are you going to make it through them?A visit to Artscape may be just the ticket.Baltimore's 10th annual festival of the arts kicks off today at 6 p.m. when the visual arts exhibitions, crafts, literary arts and cultural resource tents open up along Mount Royal Avenue, beginning three days of continuous free entertainment.Tradition is tradition, so you can expect this weekend's temperatures to hover in the mid-90s, and there's a chance of some rain later today.
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By EDWARD GUNTS | August 1, 1993
Is there life after Artscape?The record crowds that flocked to Artscape '93 last weekend are proof that Baltimore's Mount Royal Cultural Center can be a popular destination in itself, a people magnet powerful enough to rival the Inner Harbor.But how can the energy and vitality exhibited during this three-day cultural extravaganza be channeled into the area year-round, to strengthen its identity as Baltimore's cultural center?That's the central question facing a battery of city and state planners who have been working for more than a year with property owners, architects and community leaders to identify ways to enhance the cultural district.
NEWS
June 24, 2012
A recently released independent evaluation of two dozen Baltimore City schools conducted in 2011 suggests that even though the system has introduced important reforms in recent years, too many schools are still struggling to find effective ways to educate children. Yet educators should take heart from two bright spots in the report. Both the Mount Royal Elementary School and the Baltimore School for the Arts got positive ratings for effective teaching, and their example strongly suggests that with the right leadership, instructional methods and support structure, all kids have the potential to excel.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2012
Baltimore police are searching for a man who torched a speed camera Friday morning on the border of Bolton Hill and Mid-Town Belvedere. Anthony Guglielmi, a city police spokesman, said the incident occurred about 7 a.m. at North Howard Street and Park Avenue. Police had no description of the vandal, but said someone threw or poured an accelerant onto the camera and set it on fire. Adrienne Barnes, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Transportation, said the camera was a mobile device and placed on a stand on the ground; it was not on a pole.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2012
As of 9 a.m., traffic is slow on I-83 southbound near Belfast Road, due to cleanup from an accident involving two vehicles. All lanes have reopened after an earlier accident involving a passenger van and an SUV. Accidents were slowing traffic on southbound York Road at Loveton Circle in Baltimore County and Washington Boulevard at Hammonds Ferry Road in Baltimore. The Hammonds Ferry Road incident involved a pedestrian who was struck.. Emergency roadwork caused all eastbound and westbound lanes to be closed on Route 450 near Rutland Road in Anne Arundel County.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2011
The hulking white duplex at 2108-2110 Mount Royal Terrace - a vacant eyesore for 20 years - is a financial and emotional drain on neighbors, who maintain a five-block stretch of historic homes that overlooks the Jones Falls Expressway and acts as the eastern border of Reservoir Hill. But for two nights this past weekend, residents gathered on the sidewalk in front of the empty house, watching it and imagining what it would be like if someone lived there. The occasion was an exhibit by two students at the nearby Maryland Institute College of Art, who used the 120-year-old home as a movie screen, with videos projected onto the plywood that covers the first-floor windows.
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Jacques Kelly | October 8, 2011
Something seemed not quite right the other evening while I stood at a Charles Street bus stop. There were just too many people purposefully moving about on the street at 7:30. Some carried grocery bags. Others were making runs to the wine shop. Some were on bicycles. Flip-flops were the footwear of choice. Charles Street had a steady stream of people — what I've heard called a critical mass, a buzz, a bustle. It was a good experience, but it nevertheless caught me off guard.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | October 7, 2011
The Mount Royal Tavern closed temporarily Thursday night after it failed an inspection by the Baltimore City Health Department.  The failed inspection was a result of a lack of hot water running in the bathrooms and a fruit fly infestation, according to Brian Schleter, spokesman for the health department. Schleter confirmed the bar's owner addressed both of the issues Friday morning, which included installing a new hot water tank. He says the inspection came after the department received a complaint.
NEWS
January 8, 2000
Part of Mount Royal Avenue will be closed, and the Mass Transit Administration will supplement light rail service with shuttle buses today and tomorrow for Howard Street track maintenance. Repairs between the Camden Yards and North Avenue stops began last night and will finish tomorrow evening. A shuttle bus will run between the University of Baltimore (Mount Royal) light rail stop and Penn Station. But travel time on buses might be longer than that on trains, officials warn. Mount Royal Avenue at Dolphin Street will be closed today until 6 a.m. Monday.
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Jacques Kelly | July 29, 2011
The other morning I did a double take. I was coming south on Maryland Avenue and reached the old Lyric. There, for the first time, I spotted workers installing an exterior corridor to our venerable opera house. It must have been 50 years ago that plans were first discussed about making it easier for performers to get from one side of the stage to the other. The Lyric's stage is not so deep, and with today's elaborate sets, the chorus, tenors and sopranos had to descend into the basement and reascend steps.
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Jacques Kelly | July 15, 2011
The organizers of this weekend's Artscape seem to be fascinated by 1982, the year the outdoor festival made its debut. Let's consider 1982 Baltimore. A double feature of "Poltergeist" and "Star Trek" was playing at the Hippodrome ; Barry Levinson's "Diner" was at the Senator and later at the Pikes. The first Artscape was held in June along Mount Royal Avenue, signaling a momentous year for the neighborhood. The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall would open that September. The Lyric simultaneously underwent a dramatic renovation that gave it an enlarged lobby and a rearranged orchestra seating.
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