With the help of nearly 80 volunteers, support from BGE, we recently installed a mural at Wilkes Lane with artist Wendell Soley Supreme in an effort to brighten the alley between Harbor Bank and Lord Baltimore Hotel. For over 18 months, DPOB’s operations teams have been highly focused on cleaning up our alleys to improve the walkability of Downtown streets and enhance the pedestrian experience. Select alleys have been identified as placemaking opportunities including light and art installations, outdoor seating areas, and other creative reuse concepts (learn more about our Alley Initiative). The Wilkes Lane mural is a product of a significant private partnership – made possible by the generous support of BGE and the participation of their team members helped with the hands-on painting in October
There have been a lot of quiet successes in the Downtown core lately, as this mural went up behind the Lord Baltimore Hotel – where several hundred Morgan Students recently moved in, adding foot traffic and vibrancy to the neighborhood. The hotel also recently re-opened the LB Bakery & Bistro and resumed event rentals on their rooftop deck. Just across the street, the former Sheraton and Holiday Inn hotels are being converted into 700 residential units and new ground-floor retail is opening at 100 N. Charles. As we begin to not only welcome back people who haven’t been downtown in a while and attract new neighbors and friends, DPOB is committed to making this neighborhood a destination on choice. We know that placemaking and streetscaping matter, so keep an eye out for more public art and improvements coming soon.