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From the Baltimore Brew crew, a behind-the-scenes look at what we do…

_______________________________________________ We never call, we never write . . . Sorry for the long silence, Brew readers – self-promotion kind of saps our energy. After a winter Kickstarter fundraising campaign that, thanks to you guys, succeeded beyond our wildest dreams, we kind of threw ourselves back into reporting. This resulted in, ahem, some badly blown […]

_________________________________________________ By Ben Halvorsen I had spent a good 30 minutes circling Druid Hill Park in the humid afternoon heat by the time I found what I was looking for: the tent where the Department of Recreation and Parks was running its “Ride around the Reservoir” bike rental program. Feeling a bit incompetent, I began […]

_________________________________________________________________________ BIKING!! That’s at least the takeaway message we got from the photos that were snapped of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake this morning during Bike To Work Day. Rawlings-Blake was beaming in pretty much all the shots we got of her from Meredith Mitchell of Baltimore Bicycle Works, where the mayor and city bike czar Nate […]

Yesterday, when Baltimore web developer and Ignite Baltimore co-founder Mike Subelsky tweeted that he was about to witness Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the Inner Harbor, my ears perked up. Pix to come, Subelsky promised. Oooh, send them along I said! Recognizing his citizen journalist moment, Subelsky kindly agreed and sent along some great photos. […]

  At last night’s annual City Council ritual (a.k.a., Taxpayers’ Night), dozens of Baltimore citizens came to the podium and spoke their piece about school tutoring, taxes, rec centers, police and the upcoming budget (nobody liked it). One speaker chose to share her thoughts in tune. Crystal Santiful launched into a soaring rendition of Sam […]

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ When I got back from Wednesday’s Upton Edible Garden dedication and sat down to look at my photos, I figured I’d lead with the best one showing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake planting seedlings with school kids. That might make the most meaningful, iconic and potentially candid photo from an otherwise staged event aimed at kicking […]

When an email with the rousing subject line, “The Real Grand Prix VIP,” fluttered into my inbox yesterday, my first thought was: “Hey, Downforce Racing has gotten its act together and is finally selling tickets!” But seeing the image of a Gucci store rising up behind a blurry red motorcar brought me down to earth […]

OK, the call didn’t come from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake herself. The caller was conducting a survey for “the city of Baltimore” that “will be used by the Mayor as part of the budget process.” (Turns out it was the annual Baltimore Citizen Survey that they’ve been doing since 2009. You can take a separate […]

While Fern was out today deconstructing a giant spray-painted pigeon on the facade of a North Avenue building, I was in Fells Point, where I encountered the old-fashioned three-dimensional kind that coos and leaves droppings on statues. I saw two of them, actually, positioned in an open window, keeping a watchful eye on the 600 […]

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A daily news website that gets behind development deals, tracks campaign cash, features outsider artists and offers gazpacho recipes with equal verve. We’ve become a municipal must-read.

Since former Washington Post reporter Fern Shen launched the Brew a few years ago, the site has won plaudits from publications ranging from the Baltimore City Paper, which named it the best local on-line news site three years in a row, to the New York Times, which calls it “a reason for cheer.”

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