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  • Wandering Eye: Celebrating a Fells Point savior, credit card bloodsuckers, and the latest from Ferguson

    Wandering Eye: Celebrating a Fells Point savior, credit card bloodsuckers, and the latest from Ferguson
    For those who had fun in Fells Point during the Star-Spangled Spectacular this past weekend, something's happening tonight that recognizes someone whose efforts meant Fells Point remains a happening place: the late Lucretia Billings "Lu” Fisher. She died in 2011, when she was 98, but two generations earlier her stake in Fells Point real estate meant she could help spearhead a legal challenge to a planned 16-lane connector between I-95 and the Jones Falls Expressway, a highway that, if built, would have leveled much of Fells Point and Federal Hill and installed elevated highways and interchanges all across the Inner Harbor. The project was killed, thanks in no small measure to Fisher's spirited contributions to what was called "the road fight." "If she'd not gotten involved," says the Preservation Society's executive director, Ellen von Karajan, Fells Point "would have little to celebrate or might not even exist. She really reached out and had the connections and grit to galvanize the community here, which was all at odds and ends, and she stuck with the road fight for ten long years." Tonight, during an event that lasts from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Fells Point Visitor Center at 1724 Thames St. will be renamed in Fisher's honor. (Van Smith)
  • Copycat Kids Grow Up

    Copycat Kids Grow Up
    A few weeks ago, I started corresponding with Brooks Kossover after I heard his gallery, AmEx Contemporary, was asked to quit using that name by the American Express Corporation. I examined the letter and reached out to the credit card company, who...

    Just Business?

    Just Business?
    Kenneth W. Watford says he is here because of an injustice.  Sitting on the other side of the sloppily caulked double Plexiglas window, his wide face and short cropped hair flecked with gray leaning into a flat microphone and speaker affixed to the...

    What Are We About to Buy for $1 Trillion?

    On Sept. 18, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced that he would seek approval from Congress to create a new government entity to buy assets from U.S. financial firms, to relieve those companies of their debt and prevent a collapse of the Western...

    Putting Two and Two Together

    In recent weeks the stock market has rallied--it's up another fraction of a percent today--despite what would appear to be some sobering realities. Chrysler declared bankruptcy yesterday (President Obama says the multi-billion dollar company will go...