The Hopkins Hustle

The Hopkins Hustle

A middle-aged black man flagged cab 1914 in front of the main branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral Street. His destination was Northeast Market in East Baltimore.

While driving across the Orleans Street Viaduct, he said, “From a distance Johns Hopkins Hospital looks like a city in itself, rising through the ground with those tall, majestic buildings reaching to the heavens.”  

“Hey, they think it is,” I said.

I’ve been in the taxicab business about 35 years and have witnessed tremendous growth in the Johns Hopkins network, not only at its hospital in East Baltimore but also in its acquisition of several other properties around...