December 31, 2010. Today is the last day of 2010 for tomorrow begins a new year: 2011.
2010 has been an interesting year for Baltimore, and honestly a lot has happened. The Charm City Circulator began running and the Poe Toaster never showed up. Mayor Dixon resigned and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took over the reigns. The city was dumped on by the Snowpocalypse. The Orioles got a new lively manager in the form of Buck Showalter. The summer brought us one of the worst heat waves with record days above 90 and 100. Downtown streets became a mess with first broken water mains, and then reconstruction for the Grand Prix. The CharmCard went into operation, finally. Someone crashed into the fencing at the Washington Monument. Four hotels opened this year including the complete restoration of the Hotel Brexton. A few major construction projects began, housing at Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus, the new Law School building at UB, and the new Shock Trauma expansion to name a few. Mercy Hospital opened its new building on St. Paul Street. A massive fire endangered The Block, and the next day another severely damaged buildings in Mt Vernon. Maryland's population is trending up, but Baltimore's seems to be still trending down. Yet, all major crimes have hit the lowest in decades.
There was plenty more news this year in Baltimore, but we just pulled some of the top stories that Baltimore Skyline covered this year to just look back and remember all that happened in the last 365 days. How will 2010 wrap up? There is still plenty of hours left in the day. The Inner Harbor fireworks are always a blast, many bars will be open past 2am, the CCC is running until 1pm, and Bus, Light Rail, and Metro will be free from 8pm-2am thanks to Miller Lite.
Thanks again for another great year for all of you who read this blog, and we'll be seeing you in 2011.