Now-and-then pictures: Charles and Redwood streets

THEN: In 1929, delivery trucks stand ready at The Sun’s building on Charles Street near Redwood Street. The Baltimore Sun moved to its Calvert Street building in 1950. (Baltimore Sun photo 1929)

NOW: In 2015, demolition of the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre nears completion on Charles Street near Redwood Street in downtown Baltimore. The theater was built in 1967 as part of the Charles Center redevelopment project. (Jerry Jackson, Baltimore Sun photo, 2015)

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So I love the reason everyone was protesting. It’s a perfect reason, but it wasn’t peaceful. It makes me angry that it turned into a riot. I understand that sometime that’s what it takes, but when I have to call friends to see if they can make it home from work safely, that’s a problem. I almost drove downtown to pick my brother up from work because I felt he wasn’t going to be safe. That’s a problem. You can protest all you want, but don’t call it a peaceful protest if it’s no going to be peaceful. If you’re going to set cars on fire, brake windows, and potentially harm someone, it’s not peaceful.

Excavation downtown - Construction for Equitable Building
10 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, Maryland
ca. 1890
Photograph by James H. Lewis (1881-1960)
4 inch by 5 inch glass negative
James H. Lewis Collection, 1890-1925
Maryland Historical Society
PP224 001 4-5 029 

The Baltimore Herald building can be seen in the background (left), where Mencken worked until the Great Fire of 1904. On the right is the Mitchell Courthouse.