West side redevelopment
To mark my return to town (though not to work -- that'll be tomorrow), I hereby point you toward this story by Lorraine Mirabella about the continued efforts to revitalize Baltimore's west side. Her story focuses on several new development proposals:
Redevelopment of mostly vacant properties, including the former Mayfair Theater, will bring 79 market rate apartments, street-level shops and on-site parking to the 400 and 500 blocks of N. Howard and to the 300 block of W. Franklin streets, the Baltimore Development Corp. said yesterday.M.J. "Jay" Brodie, president of the quasi-governmental BDC, told Mirabella:
"What we know works on the west side is rental housing, and retail will gradually come along. It may be slow, but it will come. But the primary thing that makes these developments work is rental housing."