Costas Inn on North Point Boulevard in Dundalk smells like beer and crab cakes. There was a pretty good crowd on a recent Friday.  But Donna Grover, a long-time regular, says it’s nothing like it was when Bethlehem Steel was running full strength at Sparrows Point, a few miles away. "This bar used to be packed like sardines and since Sparrows Point shut down, it staggers," Grover said.

Sparrows Point: Planning A Rebirth

Feb 9, 2015
John Lee for wypr

Sparrows Point was once home to the largest steel mill in the world.  Today, it's home to abandoned and torn down buildings, environmental contamination and vegetation run amuck. But there is a new plan to bring back the former home of Bethlehem Steel known simply as The Point.

Slate Campaign Fund Unites Kamenetz And Developers

May 30, 2014

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Alison Knezevich of the Baltimore Sun talk about contributions from developers--and from Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz--to a campaign fund that can be used to benefit members of a particular candidate "slate."

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Adam Bednar of the Daily Record talk about the city's community improvement projects near Pimlico Race Course, funded by a tax on slot machine profits.

Remington Walmart Developer Pulls Out Of Project

May 20, 2014
Bret Jaspers / WYPR

The developer of the 25th Street Station project in Remington announced Tuesday that it was done pursuing the development.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Danny Jacobs of the Daily Record talk about the Court of Appeals' decision on a lawsuit that challenged the State Center project in Baltimore and what it means for the downtown business and property owners that lost the case.

The Gentrification Debate Here And Around The Country

Mar 12, 2014
icantcu via flickr

As the details of Seawall Development’s “Remington Row” emerge, residents are questioning who the apartments will attract. They also want to know if they will be able to afford to stay in their neighborhood. The cheapest one-bedroom apartment will rent for $1100 a month.

Bret Jaspers / WYPR

Just three blocks north of a planned Walmart, a second project hopes to be the neighborhood’s “Main Street.” 

Why Walmart Is Still Not A Reality In Remington

Mar 11, 2014
Bret Jaspers / WYPR

The Remington neighborhood in North Baltimore is about to get two big development projects: 25th St Station, anchored by the mega-retailer Walmart, and a main street-style mixed use project called Remington Row. Some embrace the change, some warily accept it, some want design adjustments, and others outright oppose it.

Towson: The Next Bethesda?

Jan 31, 2014
John Lee / WYPR

Here’s Baltimore County’s vision thing for Towson in five or ten years, after several big development projects are built: you buy or rent a nice place downtown. You walk to work in a nearby shop or office so you don’t need a car. Or maybe you use a bike. There will be bike racks everywhere. Or, you take a bus.