Monday, January 30, 2012

Gaslight Square

1401 Severn St, aka Gaslight Square is one of the coolest historic spaces in Pigtown.  The other coolest space would have to be HousewerksThe 2.781-acre site used to be home to Valspar's Baltimore Plant.

 Gaslight sign Day/Night


 Main Stairwell:

One of the recently rehabbed spaces, ready for a tenant to move in, and customize to their needs:

Courtyard with salvaged conveyor belt turned bridge:
 Hallway between offices:

Office space of an Online Used Book Store:

(Sorry about the pictures, I don't own a real camera)

The owner has such a great sense of space and experience with Historical Architecture.  In fact, many items used in the buildings are original, salvaged from demolition, or purchased from Housewerk's Industrial Salvage.  A big THANK YOU goes to the owner for taking his time to give us the tour.  Looking for an awesome business space?  Look no further.

Click here for leasing info.
Gaslight Square was also featured on Baltimore InnerSpace's article on Outer Pigtown.

The building is currently home to:
Gaslight Coffeeshop (Open weekdays 7am-4pm)
MD Division of Parole and Probation Regional and Field Offices
Ukazoo Books Offices
Universal Counseling Services (UCS)

MD Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Developmental Disabilities Administration - Central Maryland Regional Office

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pigtown Happy Hour

Rumor has it that there used to be a happy hour event for locals around here.  I've heard a few people ask when the next one will be, and I think it's time to take matters into our own hands.  SO HERE'S THE PLAN!

Every Friday is local's night at Tommy's Downtown Tavern.  They've basically gift wrapped the happy hour for us, but there is no community organization running it.  So show up, get 10% discount off your check with proof of residency (your ID and a piece of mail are probably sufficient until they get to recognize you), and have a great time with people in the neighborhood.

Tommy's Downtown Tavern is located at the corner of W Hamburg and W Cross Streets.  But hey, don't take my word on the joint... check out the reviews for yourself.  And maybe before you go, let all your friends know what's up by posting to your Facebook status, with a link to Tommy's page.  That'll help spread the word, and spread the love. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friends of Carroll Park: Meeting January 3, 2012

The lastest meeting notes are up on the Friends of Carroll Park blog.  Please go to their website to check it out, and subscribe!

Also, check out all of the pictures from their free summer concert and mural painting this past July!  They are up on the blog as well.

Snow flows too

With the upcoming forecast, 1-2 inches of snow over the next 36 hours, please consider that anything you drop outside will end up in our streams and our harbor.  That includes putting down salt to keep yourself from slipping on your front steps.

Take some advice from Blue Water Baltimore, with their article on how to "Reduce Winter Stormwater Pollution".

Our local Gwynn's Falls stream
 We are all responsible for outdoor environment, just as much as our indoor environment.  Keep it clean, and we'll be that much closer to a swimmable, fishable waterway. :)

Parking Permits

Do you need to apply for or renew your Area B parking permit?

Go to the Baltimore City website for instructions on applying for your parking permit.

New residents will need to apply in person at the City office, while people who are renewing can file online.  Please make sure you have all of the necessary documentation.  The line is long, and your time is valuable.

After you've applied, you can either pick up your permit at the City office (which is rumored to be a tortuously long wait), or you can pick it up at the Bath House (904 Washington Blvd) on the designated days.  I believe you must specify which you will do when applying.  Sherry over at Citizens of Pigtown (COP) has done a wonderful job making sure that the pick-up dates and times are reasonable for most people, and she is volunteering her time and gas money to scoop up those permits from the City, in an effort to save you some trouble.

Pick up days/times for permits are as follows:
Sat, January 21, 9am – 2pm
Wed, January 25, 6pm – 9pm

Give the COP gang a big hug and a "thank you" while you're there!


Area B permits are free through the stadium authority, and restrict parking when there is a stadium event.  Be VERY careful because ANY event at the stadium restricts parking.  While this is done for your well-being, they don't always have events up on a calendar, and you want to be sure that your next cook-out doesn't cause bitter feelings when your out-of-town friends end up with a big ticket.

More information about local parking restrictions can be found on the Citizens of Pigtown Parking Information webpage.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Scarlet Fever

Letters were sent home to area parents, but this seems important enough to spread the news to everyone.

Baltimore Sun Article: Scarlet fever identified at Baltimore elementary school

From the article:

At least one student at George Washington Elementary in southwest Baltimore has been diagnosed with scarlet fever, according to the city health department.

Scarlet fever is a common infection caused by streptococcus bacteria and spread by person-to-person contact, coughing and sneezing, according to the letter.

The illness can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, complications such as rheumatic fever and kidney disease may ensue, the letter says.

A fever and red rash on the neck and chest are typical signs of scarlet fever.


 Stay safe out there.  Being informed is half that battle.


Baltimore Sun: Three Baltimore elementary students contract scarlet fever - Children are classmates at George Washington Elementary