In March 2020, the attorney and architect representing the New York-based investors who own 1700 Eutaw Place—the large and longtime vacant apartment building just to the north of Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School—introduced plans to renovate the building.
The City Department of Planning hosted a “public information” meeting Feb. 10 about a bill (#21-0009) in the city council that affects most row houses in Bolton Hill and in other neighborhoods with large single-unit residential properties.
“As a park, it’s an impertinence. Who ever heard of a park seven row houses wide, enclosed rather sketchily by low brick walls?” That is how Sara Azrael in 1958, writing for the Roland Park Company’s Gardens, Houses and People magazine, characterized the little Bolton Hill garden now known as John Street Park.
James Craigen Sr. is hoping that maybe, finally, just possibly, the stars are aligning and in the coming months and years we may begin to see a serious effort in the country, and particularly in Baltimore, to tackle the very old roadblocks that have kept the city divided and so many Black Baltimoreans in poverty.
The renovated, attractive building now known as Linden Park Apartments at 301 McMechen Street (between Jordan Street and Eutaw Place) is a contemporary reminder, if anyone needs one, of a time when pragmatic politicians of different parties worked together to do things that had a lasting, positive impact.