THEN: In February of 1976, 70 stores of the 84-unit Old Town Mall project were doing business, and the rehabilitation was nearing the halfway mark. The picture above shows the new retailing center, rebuilt from the shattered Gay Street strip with new lighting and landscaping. More than $1.7 million had been spent on the Old Town Mall to date under the guidance of the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development. (Baltimore Sun file photo, 1976)
Remember that uncomfortable spring night in high school that may or may not have involved an ill-fitting dress or tuxedo, corsages and boutonnieres, fancy hairdos, limousines and awkward picture taking?
That’s right, Retro Baltimore readers. We want to see your prom pictures. Share your photos…
Building materials charitably called “loose debris” started making their way out of the abandoned Centre Theater on North Avenue this week. A construction fence rose around the landmark 1939 Art Moderne building where the film “Oklahoma!” had its Baltimore premiere.
When you paint on a wall in the middle of the city, people want to talk to you.
They want to tell you how they would have painted things differently, choosing a different shade of green, or a different subject entirely. They want to know why you’re there. They want to tell you their stories.
"You did that, man?" they ask. "That is allllright."
Jim Palmer (aka Cakes), left, and Mike Flanagan (aka Flanny) likely smiling over an O’s win. (William Hotz, Baltimore Sun file photo, 1979)
Nicknames are a sure sign of endearment. And we Baltimoreans certainly love our Birds. So it’s of little surprise that there are a slew of O’s players through the ages whom we’ve labeled with nicknames (or they came with their own).
If you have Netflix do yourself a favor and go watch ESPN’s 30 for 30 “The Band That Wouldn’t Die.” The Colts left 3 months after I was born so I have no recollection of them. But that documentary really puts into perspective what they meant to our parents and grandparents generation…
The Baltimore Development Corp. plans to revive efforts to redevelop the badly deteriorated Old Town Mall area, six years after it first issued a request for proposals for two key sites in the neighborhood.
WHOAAAAA. H/t to Dennis the Cynic, of City that Breeds.