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Sinkhole: What is happening beneath the ground downtown?

The sinkhole has been there so long it is hard to remember a time before the road caved in and the army of robots took over Centre Street, or what was left of it, in what came to seem like a titanic battle with the very earth itself as engineers in white hats stood and stared into the abyss, backlit,...

  • Jane Jacobs tells us a lot about cities, but a new biography "Eyes on the Street" doesn't tell us much about her

    Jane Jacobs tells us a lot about cities, but a new biography "Eyes on the Street" doesn't tell us much about her

    I think of the writer and champion of cities Jane Jacobs every time I walk to work. I have a small office studio on the 200 block of Park Avenue. As I cross Saratoga heading south on Park, I pass International Fragrance, Blue Sky Diner, Jeanius Styles (closed), Dimensions In Music (closed), the...

  • Hampden's Paulie Gee's eases into business

    Hampden's Paulie Gee's eases into business

    Oh, Paulie Gee's (3535 Chestnut Ave., pauliegee.com/hampden), what took you so long? For months—nay, years—Hampden has been waiting for your wood-burning ovens, your Cinderella-like makeover of the Hampden Republican Club, and yes, your pizza. We wondered, Would you ever be ready for hungry guests?...

  • Eyes On The Prize: A story of addiction and recovery

    Eyes On The Prize: A story of addiction and recovery

    "I got back to Baltimore four months and started back up [using heroin]," Holly Botts says. She is strolling purposefully along the paved pathway of Carroll Park, with maybe 100 other walkers and a few runners, past an equal number of support people volunteering and/or working for the city's drug...

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2016 Best of Baltimore

In City Paper’s annual Best of Baltimore issue we offer up our most sustained burst of enthusiasm for the city. It’s a detailed (although not comprehensive) list of what caught our attention this year, whether it’s performances, products, or politicians. The paper is full of the things we really,...

  • The College Guide 2016

    The College Guide 2016

    It's hard to square the notion of so-called “millennial apathy” with the wave of headline-making activism by young people around the country that we've seen over the past few years—especially on college campuses, where groups of students organize to protest racism and police brutality, among other...

  • A look at how McKeldin Plaza came to be, and the plans to undo it all

    A look at how McKeldin Plaza came to be, and the plans to undo it all

    It's hot and sunny in McKeldin Plaza at the Inner Harbor on a summer day between the mid-morning and late afternoon thunderstorms. Traffic slides past the plaza on three sides: at Pratt Street in front of us going east, on the left headed south on Light Street, and on the right, cars are peeling...

  • Fiction, Poetry, and Documerica

    Fiction, Poetry, and Documerica

    This year, City Paper decided to do something different with its Fiction and Poetry issue. Instead of soliciting reader submissions, we invited local fiction writer Susan Muaddi Darraj to guest edit our feature well of stories and poems. Darraj, fiction editor of Barrelhouse Magazine and former...

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  • Who wins and loses with the new water bill hike

    Who wins and loses with the new water bill hike

    A new Baltimore City water billing system will save the owners of vacant properties more than $2 million annually, and other customers will have to pick up the slack. The windfall for those who own vacants—their water bills will be reduced by more than half—is a side-effect of Baltimore's new BaltiMeter...

  • Murder Ink 9/21/16: 7 murders this week; 223 murders this year

    Murder Ink 9/21/16: 7 murders this week; 223 murders this year

    In addition to 11 non-fatal shootings (one a double), one barricaded suspect (arrested without violence), and a fatal hit-and-run on a pedestrian, which does not count as a murder even though Anthony Wayne, 39, was killed unlawfully, there were six murders last week. Another person, who died in...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Brandon Scott, Marilyn Mosby, Kevin Plank, more

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: Brandon Scott, Marilyn Mosby, Kevin Plank, more

    ↑ Brandon Scott Kudos to Baltimore City Councilmember Brandon Scott, who showed up at last Monday's city council meeting sporting a Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers jersey, and bowed his head during the Pledge of Allegiance. Kaepernick has been taking a knee during the playing of "The Star-Spangled...

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Gallery owner, artist, once an insider, now a step away from being out

Dwight Whitley is better than this. His connections used to mean something. Back when George Winfield ran public works, Whitley would meet him at home after work and hang out. "His wife was a sweetheart," Whitley says. "He'd come in and say 'why'd you let this nigger in here?'" He laughs, remembering...

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Gorging on comfort food at Breaking Bread

Returning from three days of camping at Fields Fest, I needed some serious hangover food. Not for a booze-induced hangover per se (though that was certainly part of it), but more like the in-need-of-relief-from-living-off-Cheez-Its-and-dried-salami-and-getting-four-hours-of-sleep-a-night kind of...More

  • The High Life: What weed does to 'The Godfather'

    The High Life: What weed does to 'The Godfather'

    For the most part, the weed hasn't been working this summer. Even endless eighths of A.K. 47, an alarmingly pleasant strain with a sour, plain yogurt-like flavor and a high that really encourages lots of darting around, deep thinking and chatting, can't quite quell my ennui. Mostly this has to...

  • Gunther & Co.'s seasonal menu goes beyond local offerings

    Gunther & Co.'s seasonal menu goes beyond local offerings

    Judging by Gunther & Co.'s (3650 Toone St., [443] 869-6874, eatgunther.com) Instagram account, there are three things people already love about the three-month-old Brewer's Hill restaurant: cleverly named cocktails (a Meet the Beet-alls or a Rye'n Gosling, anyone?), oysters all ways, and the 16-foot...

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The highlights and lowlights of Fields Festival

Highlights Bobbing around in the pool on Friday night with just about everyone; sipping the Champagne of Beers; the spontaneous whirlpool someone started; the line of beer cans and empty cups around the pool's perimeter that created an ephemeral and interactive installation; the security guards...

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High society meets 'The Elephant Man'

When David Bowie and, more recently, Bradley Cooper took on the role of "The Elephant Man" on Broadway, both celebrities knew the weight of being stared at by the masses. Audiences gawked at Bowie and Cooper much like Victorian gawkers gathered to stare at one of history's most famous sideshow...

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