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    Meant to make a bold statement when it was built in 1964, the Chambers Building is being demolished this week.

    Photo by: Courtesy Chambers

    Charles Street is having one more tooth knocked out of its architectural bridgework, this time the half-century old Chambers Building, meant in 1964 to make a bold, Mad Men kind of design statement. Owned by Kingdon Gould Jr., it’s in the process of being demolished.

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    Mike, working at the Bethel Street Farm, says Oliver needs more opportunities for youth and more job training.

    Photo by: Danielle Sweeney

    Yes, Oliver’s gotten bushels of foundation aid, private investment and sweat equity from volunteers. But on a hot Baltimore afternoon, a couple of urban famers working there have a low moment pondering the area’s big unsolved problems: the scourge of drugs and the dearth of jobs.

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    The Fire Marshal has set new limits, including how many can climb up the newly restored monument.

    Photo by: Ed Gunts

    New access rules for Baltimore’s recently restored landmark, meant to protect visitors, may also mean a wait to go up. Plus, no more going onto the roof of the base. (Although the mayor and VIPs will stand out there for tomorrow’s July 4th ribbon cutting.)

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    At a meeting in Sandtown last month, a fan posed with Sheila Dixon.

    Photo by: Fern Shen

    Imagine a mayor heading off by train for a two-night stay at a 5-star New York hotel with her developer-boyfriend just hours after voting to give one of his projects an unprecedented $13 million tax break. Well, no need to imagine. It’s part of the back-story of the former Baltimore mayor who wants back in to City Hall.

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