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Issue 42: Point of Departure

The long history of the steel industry at Sparrows Point seems to be coming to an end

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Artist’s rendering of what Sparrow’s Point could be in the near future by Brown Craig Turner. Please to enjoy their architectures at

The long history of the steel industry at Sparrows Point seems to be coming to an end, so this week's feature asks a variety of architectural firm to dream big and come up with plans, complete with drawings, for the peninsula.

In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith follows the pot trial of Dan McIntosh, downtown nightclub Sonar's erstwhile owner, who is facing a possible mandatory life-sentence for his alleged involvement in a pot conspiracy, and Edward Ericson Jr. reports on the collapse of the Prison Aid Association.

City Folk introduces you to John Gartrell, whose job it is to digitize the archives of the Afro.

In the arts, Bret McCabe talks to Mikita Brottman about her new book and the tragic wake left behind by serial killers, while Marcus Civin marvels in Joyce Scott's treatment of skin, race, and identity in her solo show at Goya Contemporary. Baynard Woods discovers the mechanisms of political acquiescence in Single Carrot Theatre's production of Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, and Erin Gleeson engages the decline, fall, and possible resurrection of American cities in her review of the film Detropia.

In Music, Lee Gardner takes a pummelling with Pig Destroyer and Michael Shank tells us what's up with indie rock in Rock Since the Bee Gees.

In our new and improved Eats and Drinks, John Houser III reviews Ouzo Bay in Harbor East, Jenn Ladd takes us on a tour of Hampden dive bars and Fanya O'Donoghue tells you how to make Spundekäse when you get home with the munchies.

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