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Baltimore City Power Rankings

Photo: Illustrations by Alex Fine, License: N/A

Illustrations by Alex Fine


 

1 Local Beer Industry

Suds-loving locals have lots to be happy about: Last weekend, longtime basement brewpub Oliver Ales of Pratt Street Alehouse announced that it signed a lease to open a production facility in Clifton Park. Plus, a recent change in the law now allows production breweries like Heavy Seas and Union to serve pints throughout the week. As if that weren’t enough, the biggest Baltimore Beer Week yet is on the horizon (Oct. 18-27—stay tuned for CP’s comprehensive coverage). Ain’t the (local) beer cold.

2 Electric cars

The first nine curbside electric-car charging stations in Baltimore opened this week, and they weren’t stationed anywhere near the rich folks in Roland Park either—one opened at Lexington and Gay, so city workers, strippers on the Block, and people slipping off to Faidley’s for some midday oysters and beer can all charge up their Volts.

3 Pedestrians

This is a good week for all, as it is finally a primary offense for drivers to talk on cellphones without a hands-free device in Maryland. When study after study has shown that it is as dangerous as driving drunk, BCPR can’t imagine why it has taken so long. Except that our legislators didn’t know how they would ever catch up on the latest Kardashian gossip if they couldn’t chat with their BFFs on the way to Annapolis and back.

4 Poe House

After being closed for more than a year, the Poe House and Museum, now managed by the new nonprofit Poe Baltimore, is reopening this week with an open house and talks from Il Mayore and the BMA’s Doreen Bolger. BCPR hopes this marks a return to celebrations of Baltimore culture and a departure from alien, empty money grabs like the Grand Prix. We still think Joe Flacco ought to kick in a bit of his record-breaking salary. At least he could win some good will, even if he can’t do much to win a game.

5 Guns

As Maryland’s new gun laws (which pass for strict in the U.S.) go into effect this week, local gun groups have sued the state, claiming they have the constitutional right to bear assault rifles. In the meantime, the rate of nonfatal shootings in Baltimore City has risen for the first time in six years.

 

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