On racism and the moment upon us: Do Americans really want a better country?

My brother in Massachusetts had converted to DVD home movies that were shot by an uncle of ours in the 1950s and early 1960s. Many families have these old movies. Many families had one person who owned perhaps a Bell & Howell 8-mm movie camera, projector and screen. A lot of these old films are … Continue reading On racism and the moment upon us: Do Americans really want a better country?

‘Better than never,’ says former Maryland prisoner of state legislature’s action

I took this photograph of Calvin Ash (on the right) and his new friend Kurt Wenzing a little more than a year ago. It's one of my favorite photographs. The two men were seated on the front porch of Calvin's late mother's home in Wilson Park, and Kurt had been helping Calvin fix the place … Continue reading ‘Better than never,’ says former Maryland prisoner of state legislature’s action

Transformation: 20 acres of Baltimore back from the dead

My Friday column in The Baltimore Sun tells how the abandoned and contaminated PEMCO property in southeast Baltimore, across from Hopkins Bayview, became a new shopping center called Yard 56 and how a determined developer named David Bramble made it happen. Founded in 1911 as the Porcelain Enamel Manufacturing Corporation, the company once had 600 … Continue reading Transformation: 20 acres of Baltimore back from the dead

Getting billionaires and banks to give it up for Baltimore

In my Sun column last week I called upon billionaire Michael Bloomberg to do as he has pledged and give away a bunch of his money — and I specifically suggested that he make a donation of $1 billion to Baltimore Community Lending, an independent, nonprofit, federally-authorized lender that has been financing small businesses and … Continue reading Getting billionaires and banks to give it up for Baltimore

Local nonprofit ownership of The Sun will be great, but we still need you to read it

The Wall Street Journal reports another development in Stewart Bainum’s efforts to save the Tribune newspapers from the Alden Global hedge fund. I certainly hope Mr. Bainum succeeds and that we can establish The Baltimore Sun and other newspapers in our group as nonprofit institutions rededicated to comprehensive news coverage. But, that said . . … Continue reading Local nonprofit ownership of The Sun will be great, but we still need you to read it