Story | Oct 13, 2014 | 5:37 PM
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Baltimore's narcotic history dates back to the 19th-century shipping-driven boom, quietly aided by bringing Turkish opium to ChinaStory | Oct 21, 2014 | 12:26 PMWith its longstanding reputation as a high-volume heroin town, Baltimore’s modern black-market economy is openly opiated, driving sizeable budgets for maintaining the criminal-justice apparatus to combat it. Far less appreciated, and only opaquely understood, is the role another poppy-derived narcotic—opium—had in forming Baltimore’s 19th-century fortunes, when trade with China helped fuel the city’s shipping boom. In fact, merchant John O’Donnell was the first to bring goods from the Chinese city Canton to Baltimore and it was such a boon that he named his waterfront plantation Canton, and the name for the area persists today (along with its O’Donnell Square).
Story | Sep 19, 2014 | 8:33 AM
11 GIFs that perfectly capture our reaction to Downtown Partnership's Buzzfeed article on Baltimore music
Story | Sep 5, 2014 | 1:46 PM
The Wandering Eye: A melee at Baltimore's new casino, income distribution in the city, the history of Labor Day, and more
Story | Sep 2, 2014 | 7:58 AM