Blighted Row House at Fulton & Saratoga


I needed to get a bike ride in today, but I had an early meeting and a late meeting followed by evening plans, so…I put the bike on my car, drove to work, and rode the bike home. It was bright and sunny when I headed to work, but gloomy and sputtering when I left. Never start a ride in the rain is my usual, but if I dodnt get a pedal in today, I was most certainly not going to be good company tonight, so I hopped on the bike with my bare legs and hoped for the best. The rain kept falling faster, so I spent most of my ride concentrating on. Safety-break carefully and not on shiny bits (road striping, metal grates, etc.) and assume cars can’t see you. By the time I took my left on Fulton I was ready to concider sidewalks, what with the soggy rush hour. I noticed this broken door at Fulton & Saratoga as I slowed down in search of a curb cut. I peeked inside and it looked like the whole place had just caved in on itself. I wonder when this happened. Was anyone hurt? Was someone sad in that way you get sad when home is suddenly nowhere? What’s the story here? Every one of these vacants has a story, at least 58,000 of them, and I only noticed this particular one because I was on bike, looking. Yep, even in the rain the bike was a good choice today. I continued on, made a stop for wine with friends, and then rode on home, feeling pretty lucky that I get to ride a bike in this place.

4 thoughts on “Blighted Row House at Fulton & Saratoga

  1. Also, I love to imagine who it was that built those facades, with the decorative windows and the curved openings. I always think “Italian bricklayers” but who knows… How proud of the work they would have been.

  2. Beautiful shot. So sad to say goodbye to another historic row house. But you’ve documented it. Very cool. Theadora (Were you able to dig up the back story?) By the way, I’m a former Fells Point-Butcher’s Hill resident. For the love of row houses, I’ve really been enjoying your posts! Sigh.

  3. Could feel the need for the ride today. I hope it helped. What is with all those meetings on Friday? Why not Monday? Pedal safe.

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