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July 2012
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The Midtown clean and green teams are out on the streets removing branches and debris left behind by Friday's unexpected storm.  We will be picking up branches and twigs that can be hauled away on our truck.  Residents who need to have large tree and major branches removed may fill a 311 request for the city to remove them.  With the extensive damage that hit us so suddenly, everyone is asked to be patient and understand that priority is being given to those locations where traffic is blocked, wires are down or a hazardous condition exits.  Once major limbs are removed the Midtown staff will work on cleaning up smaller debris over the next week.


Please file a 311 report for all large branches and for any tree that is entirely down.  Please give us until Friday July 6th before sending us service request for areas that need follow-up attention.



FY2013 Fiscal Plan Approved by Board of Estimates


On Monday, June 25th the Baltimore City Council reauthorized the Midtown Community Benefits District for four more years.  Our thanks go to Councilmen William Cole, Carl Stokes and Nick Mosby for sponsoring the bill.  By the statue that created the Benefits District, the City Council must hold public hearings and vote to reauthorize the district in four year time spans.


The Board of Estimates approved the District's fiscal year 2013 financial plan holding the surtax rat at its prior level, 13.2 cents per hundred dollars of assessed valuation.  This will result in a decrease in income for the coming year as many properties have decreased in value.  The Budget & Finance Committee has worked to minimize service reductions, to maintain our high priorities of keeping Midtown clean and safe.


Property owners will receive the District's Annual Report with their 2013 tax bill which will be mailed by the city early this month.



Safety Camera Deployment Begins this Summer 


Midtown's multi-year effort to install Public Safety surveillance cameras will see fruition this summer as cameras are installed at most intersections on Charles Street from Centre to 20th Street, and in the Read Street business area.  This public-private partnership joins the Midtown District, the City of Baltimore Citi-Watch Center and the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice to enhance the safety of residents and visitors to our area.


State of the art high-resolution pant-tilt-zoom cameras and panoramic view cameras will feed into the CitiWatch monitoring center.  The center provides 24 hour seven/days per week live monitoring of cameras, and also records all activity for evidentiary use.  Installation of the fiber-optic backbone of the system is essentially complete, and cameras will be installed over the next two months.


This effort was funded by grants from the Abell Foundation and from the Governor's Office on Crime Prevention and Control.  



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 Beginning Saturday July 7th Midtown's Clean Team will deploy a small crew to clean sidewalks and gutters and empty litter baskets on North Charles Street and along North Avenue.  Recognizing the importance of these locations that serve local and out of area visitors to our great restaurant, entertainment, and art venues Midtown's Operations Committee has shifted resources to enable us to keep our best foot forward for the guests and tourists in the area.  


scapescape 2012
8-30-12 thru 9-2-12
 Scapescape Festival
The Citizens of Baltimore City present scapescape 2012, the culminating celebration of August's Station North Arts Festival and another year of awesome local music. Better than 50 of the city's most excellent acts will take the stage, and a host of local artwork will be on display. More surprises and info to come.



  • No curbside waste or recycling collection.
  • Trash or recycling that is normally collected on Wednesdays, will be collected on Saturday, July 7.
  • NO BULK TRASH collection.
  • All Citizen Convenience Centers WILL BE CLOSED including Quarantine Road Landfill.
  • All City buildings WILL BE CLOSED with the exception of Police Headquarters.
  • Citizens will be unable to access city offices for bill payments or permits. Some bills can be paid online. Please visit
  • Parking meters WILL NOT be in effect.
Peter Merles, Executive Director
Midtown Community Benefits District
Phone: 410 528-1512  Fax:410 468-0129
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