Last April, the CVS standing atop the MTA metro Station at Penn North Plaza became a nationally televised symbol of Baltimore's chaotic unrest in the wake of Freddie Gray's detainment by Baltimore police and subsequent death. But on MLK Day 2016, the drug store and Plaza served as markers of hope as organizers of Baltimore's Innovation Village announced the new project from a platform at the Plaza.
A contingent of politicians, public figures, university officials and community activists came to lend their support to a partnership seeking to revitalize West Baltimore. "Innovation Village represents a strong community collaboration that fuels an ambitious agenda by West Baltimore residents who have resolved to do great things," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to about 100 west Baltimore residents who stood in the cold to hear some good news about their community. Read More