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Baltimore and beyond: How anchor institutions are shaping cities

Anchor institutions are increasingly becoming catalysts in making their communities more vibrant, livable places. We take a look at how Johns Hopkins University and its counterparts in other cities are doing that.  

Johns Hopkins University to create "small campus" in Station North

Johns Hopkins University is putting $1 million in a new fund that will provide low-interest loans to developers and is looking at real estate in Station North for its film and other creative programs. Both initiatives are part of the university's plan to extend its influence beyond its Homewood campus. 

Step OUT for the Urban Visionary Awards

Join the Center for Urban Families as it honors visionary leaders at an award ceremony at the American Visionary Art Museum April 11.

Sweet smell of success: Entrepreneurs land deals at Wegmans and Whole Foods for soap business

We check in on Kasey and Kelly Evick, who own Baltimore soap and bath products company Biggs & Featherbelle. They moved their business into larger digs this month and are now making money after landing deals with Whole Foods, Wegmans and other stores. 

Roll through the food truck scene at The Gathering

Spend a day at food truck festival The Gathering with our writer. Gypsy Queen's famous Crab Cone, chicken croquettes at Darua Food Truck and GrrChe's bacon, cheddar and tomato sandwich are on the menu. 

Step OUT for a variety show celebrating great books

See a variety show that celebrates great works of literature from Mary Shelley, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dr. Seuss. Fluid Movement will perform "Glitteracy: A Book Revue" March 16. 

Go behind the scenes of an underground house concert

Indie musicians are turning to concerts held in someone's home to promote their music and connect with fans. It's another manifestation of the DIY trend and a throwback to a time when people gathered around to tell stories and play music. 

The local food movement is just a click away

Relay Foods, Friends& Farms, Hometown Harvest and Baltimore's Green Grocer promise local food delivered to your doorstep or at fixed locations. Can they win over the buy-local crowd? 

Step OUT to eat pie and recite Pi

Bring your kids to show off their math skills and eat some pie donated by Dangerously Delicious Pies at the Maryland Science Center's Pi Day. 

A university grows in Mount Vernon

Enrollment growth at University of Baltimore has prompted developers to build more apartments and retailers to open new shops in Mount Vernon. But crime and other challenges still affect the neighborhood.

Column: Once-stalled retail projects slowly move forward

Many of the city's retail projects that stalled during the recession are now moving forward, says Morris Ritchie & Associates Architect Gary Getz. New shops have opened at Harbor East and Locust Point, while others are on the way in Canton and Remington. 

Slideshow: Take a peek at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's new downtown Baltimore home

Renovations are underway at the historic Mercantile Trust & Deposit Co. building, the future home of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Co. BmoreMedia Managing Photographer Steve Ruark took pictures of the building during a public open house. 

Step OUT to wine and dine at Uncorked

Head to Roland Park to check out this year's Uncorked, the annual fundraiser hosted by the Baltimore chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives. The event takes place March 18. 

FDA approves Hopkins-invented eye implant

The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins will begin embedding a device this year that can restore vision to blind patients who suffer from an inherited eye disease. The FDA approved the groundbreaking device this month. 

Keen on zines: Baltimore artists launch new journals for niche markets

What do Baltimore street artist Gaia, Johns Hopkins University writing student Peter Cardamone and bike messenger Carrie Bird all have in common? They have all created new online and print "zines" that cater to select audiences. 
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