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Issue 27: Can Station North Save the City?

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Edward Ericson Jr.

Baltimore City Police Commisioner Anthony Batts

This week, Baynard Woods takes a long look at developments in Station North and asks if the burgeoning arts district can provide answers to the shrinking city's problems. In a related City Folk, Brandon Weigel talks to John Grant about his obsessive efforts to have the Parkway Theatre restored and, now that it's happening, why he's unhappy about it.

In Mobtown Beat, Edward Ericson Jr. talks about the challenges facing new police commissioner Anthony Batts, who's been in the position for nine months, as violence and homicides rack up in the city. Van Smith reports on the new alliance between the state and city archives operators, which should help ensure that local history is better maintained. Also, Murder Ink and the Baltimore City Power Rankings, which this week include the Orioles, David Simon, The Contemporary, ousted 98 Rock morning man Mickey Cucchiella, and Batts.

In the arts sections, Charlie Vascellaro looks at the process for selecting National Anthem singers at Camden Yards, Evan Serpick review a new collection of Aubrey Bodine's photographs, Michael Gonzales reflects on Mirlande Jean-Gilles's collages, Ray Cummings reviews the new Horse Lords/Lower Dens split single and Michael Shank review the Sigur Ros's latest. Also, film reviews of the Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2, Downloaded, and Miami Connection, and a look at what's happening in Jazz and blues. In Eats and Drinks, John Houser III reviews Fleet Street Kitchen, which recently changed chefs, Athena Towery tries out the cheap eats at Umami in Cockeysville, and Clinton Macsherry checks in on Anchor Steam.

Don't miss our awesome new columns: Mr. Wrong talks policy, Spitballin' goes duckpin bowling, Charm City Porn Star recalls his days as a stripper, plus Savage Love and Free Will Astrology.

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