Has Fells Point lost some of its mojo?
Hot spots come and hot spots go.
For years, Fells Point was the No. 1 nightlife destination in Baltimore, hands down. When county folks, tourists and yes, even city dwellers were looking to throw down, Fells Point is where they went.
Now, I'm beginning to wonder: Has Fells Point lost some of its mojo?
In the past several years, Federal Hill, Power Plant Live, Harbor East and Canton have really comes into their own. It seems like there are more bars and clubs in Federal Hill and Canton than ever before.
Fells Point on the other hand, feels like it's in a bit of a slump ...
When I walk down Broadway, it looks like there are more boarded-up shops and bars than ever. A couple years ago, I heard about this plan to revitalize the neighborhood, but aside from a few sketches posted in the windows of vacant storefronts, I'm not seeing much progress.
The more I stop by Fells Point, the more I think it needs a shot in the arm. Yes, Fells still has irreplaceable joints like Max's, the Cat's Eye and Bertha's. And yes, Fells has always been rough-around-the-edges. But look at Broadway Market (pictured). Aside from the Polish deli and a fish stand, it's largely vacant.
Now, at midnight on the average Friday night, the average out-of-towner is more likely to go to Power Plant Live or Federal Hill than Fells Point.
Seems to me like Fells has lost some of its mojo.
What do you think?
(Baltimore Sun archive photo)