Charm City Circulator Free Bus Service

Yes, you read that correctly…FREE. At zero cost to you, the Charm City Circulator is the new favorite form of transportation for locals and visitors because it really does take you everywhere you would need around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor when staying in Harbor East and it does so in an earth friendly way.

Charm City Circulator Bus

The Charm City Circulator around the Katyn Monument Circle in Harbor East

The Charm City Circulator travels four routes with 21 hybrid electric buses offering residents, students, work commuters, tourists, anyone and everyone an eco friendly way to get around town without hassle. The Green Route runs between Johns Hopkins, Fells Point, and City Hall. The Purple Route runs between Penn Station and the Federal Hill Neighborhood on the south side of the Inner Harbor. The Orange Route runs from Harbor East Baltimore to Hollins Market in the Washington Village area of Baltimore. The newest of the routes, the Banner Route, runs from the Inner Harbor to the Fort McHenry National Monument.

The Charm City Circulator buses run on a schedule that has a bus at each stop every 15 minutes so not only is it free, but it’s efficient as well. If you are vacationing in Harbor East Baltimore and want to just go with the flow you can rest at ease knowing that at no matter which stop you perch yourself, the next bus will arrive in 15 minutes or less. If you are in Baltimore for business or an event and are on a time crunch you might choose to refer to the Charm City Circulator schedule on their website. On that note, the folks who run and maintain the Charm City Circulator are excellent at updating their home page with information about any delays, stop closures, or temporarily detoured routes because accidents (and road work) DO happen sometimes that can cause ANY form of ground transportation to be held up or to have to go a different way.

The Charm City Circulator is the first fleet of eco friendly buses in any major metropolitan area and was part of Sheila Dixon’s (a former Baltimore Mayor) idea of having a “cleaner, greener Baltimore.” This photo was taken with an older DSLR Camera with a Sigma Wide Angle 10-20mm Zoom Lens.

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Downtown Baltimore Selected as one of America’s Top ArtPlaces

For immediate release: January 18, 2013

DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF AMERICA’S TOP ARTPLACES

BALTIMORE OFFICE OF PROMOTION & THE ARTS NAMED FINALIST
FOR ARTPLACE’S CREATIVE PLACEMAKING GRANTS

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces that Downtown Baltimore has been selected as one of “America’s Top ArtPlaces” for 2013. A report released by ArtPlace, an initiative to accelerate creative placemaking, names downtown Baltimore, along with 45 other areas in the nation’s largest U.S. metropolitan cities as Top ArtPlaces. According to ArtPlace, the selected designations have been successful at joining art, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, retail shops and restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods.

The Impresa, Inc. consulting firm conducted the study for the America’s Top ArtPlaces. The Top ArtPlaces represent 33 of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. The cities that scored highest on a set of six indicators were selected as the Top ArtPlaces in the country. Indicators included: the number of retail and service businesses; the percentage of independent businesses; the neighborhood’s Walk Score; and the percentage of workers in creative occupations living in the neighborhood, in addition to the number of arts-related nonprofit organizations and the number of arts-related businesses. For more information on the report, please click on the link: America’s Top ArtPlaces 2013.

In addition, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the official Arts Council for Baltimore City, has been named a finalist for ArtPlace’s Creative Placemaking Grants. The ArtPlace grants are awarded to organizations to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. The applicants represent the best of the 1,225 letters of inquiry from throughout the country, including the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa. According to ArtPlace, the finalists were selected for their potential to transform communities through placing art and culture at the heart of portfolios of integrated strategies that drive vibrancy and diversity.

About ArtPlace

ArtPlace is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest banks. ArtPlace also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.

ArtPlace works to accelerate creative placemaking by making grants and loans; by striking important partnerships with those who share our passion; with solid but imaginative research; and with communication and advocacy that we hope will influence others to engage in this work.

For more information on America’s Top ArtPlaces 2013, call 410-752-8632 or visit www.promotionandarts.org.

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Harbor East…

…where casual, fun and fine dining, great places to live in newly rebuilt condominiums/apartments, great places to shop and lively entertainment create a wonderful place to be. Of course, don’t forget the proximity to the waterfront and downtown Baltimore in this walkabout neighborhood. Imagine the economic health of the Inner Harbor being combined with the rich history, culture and tradition of East Baltimore. A win-win for sure.

Harbor East from Federal Hill Park

The area of Baltimore once called Inner Harbor East is now simply called “Harbor East.” It is a truly wonderful example of mixed-use urban development/redevelopment. A half billion dollars worth of construction is nearing completion and offers all the amenities for which modern urban dwellers seek. Some may use the term “urban chic” to describe being a part of this neighborhood (in fact, there is an upscale shop with that name nearly in the center of all the action).

Stylized Map of Harbor East

With a dozen square blocks of the ultimate in City Life, this desirable neighborhood is bounded by Fleet Street on the north; S. Caroline Street to the east; Lancaster Street, the Promenade and waters of the Patapsco River to the south; and the Jones Falls (stream, not expressway) and the Promenade to the west. Aliceanna Street (west-east) bisects the neighborhood horizontally and provides a walkway parallel to the Promenade along the water.

Marriott Baltimore Waterfront Hotel Harbor EastWalking in Inner Harbor East appears as a focus of the urban structure allowing residents and visitors easy access to the waterfront near the high-rise condos/apartments, offices and newly built hotels, such as the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Retail business includes a modern (and popular) market, up-scale shops with an urban theme, a “Landmark” 7-screen theater (get your movie tickets now), and a pleasing variety of eateries. Urban sprawl is no longer in vogue; instead, this implementation of creative urban development is pedestrian friendly, uses less land, is environmentally friendly and brings a valuable neighborhood to Baltimore City.

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