Technical.ly Baltimore by Stephen Babcock

Just before an Amtrak train rode by the corner of East Oliver and North Wolfe in the Broadway East neighborhood on Tuesday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was talking about how the area is a “front door” to train commuters heading into the city.

She was standing in a former city-owned lot, surrounded by four dilapidated buildings that have stopped performing civic functions. Yet, there was talk of new life.

“This is a critical component to making that entryway vibrant and vital,” Rawlings-Blake said.

As the heavy equipment looming behind her suggested, the mayor was speaking of what’s to come on the lot. Dignitaries were gathered to break ground on the Baltimore Food Hub, a $23.5 million project that’s set to revitalize the existing 3.5-acre lot to include flexible manufacturing and office space for food businesses, food truck parking, a market and hoop houses for urban farming.

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