Fells Point is a top U.S. neighborhood, Michael Phelps moves to Canton

Nick Sohr —  October 3, 2012

The American Planning Association tapped Fells Point on Wednesday as one of the top 10 neighborhoods in the country.

(Here’s the Baltimore Business Journal story and here’s the one from The Sun.)

The BBJ quotes a statement from APA head Paul Farmer: “Fells Point’s journey from prominence to decline and back again demonstrates how determined residents and insightful planning can preserve community character and foster economic growth. Undaunted by challenges, from a proposal in the 1960s to locate a freeway through the neighborhood to flooding caused by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, Fells Point has used its rich maritime past and historic assets to attract new residents and tourists, enliven its streets and invigorate its local economy.”

It’s not clear if the APA ranks the neighborhoods within the top 10, but Fells is listed third. So it’s got that going for it.

Charles Village in Baltimore, Main Street Annapolis and Downtown Frederick have made the list in prior years.

The Baltimore area’s housing market is improving. Home prices in August were up 1.2 percent over the year prior, according to the Sun.

And Maryland’s favorite Olympian has been keeping the real estate market in Baltimore interesting. The Sun reports Michael Phelps has moved into a swanky loft in Canton.

At the intersection of sports and business, USA Today posted a fascinating story Tuesday on the influence apparel companies have on where big-time high school athletes decide to play college ball.

The story focuses on the hotly recruited Harrison twins, who have narrowed their choice to the basketball programs at the University of Maryland and the University of Kentucky. The twins, Aaron and Andrew, play on an AAU team supplied by Under Armour, the Baltimore athletic apparel upstart that also supplies UMD.

(Terps fans — the twins will make their decision public 5 p.m. Thursday.)

More sports/business: the BBJ has a look back at Baltimore’s business community 15 years ago to celebrate the Orioles snapping their long-running playoff drought.

The Daily Record has a great slideshow of a behind-the-scenes look at the Charles Theatre. It goes with this story on expensive digital upgrades theater owners are making.

Johns Hopkins University has received a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a team of researchers and institutions developing better wind farm designs, according to an AP brief on WBFF.

Frequent fliers through Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will be able to bypass the full security check lines — and keep their shoes on! — starting in November, according to WBFF.

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