Paid a brief visit to Baltimore and Fell’s Point in particular this week, trying to get a feel for what would have been lost had I-83 gone through Baltimore neighborhoods like Fell’s Point. To say it would have been a loss is to minimize the impact. Here are brick and stucco townhouses on cobblestone streets, public markets, waterfront bars and restaurants and commercial bakeries all within a few blocks of one another. The air smells of cinnamon and yeast, sea salt and beer.
I’m happy to announce that I and my writing partner, Albert Davenport, have a new non-fiction writing project. Tentatively titled Saving Fell’s Point: How an Englishwoman, a Jazz Musician and a Senator Saved an American Treasure from the Wrecking Ball, the book will tell the story of a battle over an interstate highway extension that would have altered the history of the city of Baltimore forever. Here are real-life characters, an eccentric band of strangers brought together by happenstance, who take on ‘progress’ to save a uniquely American waterfront community where the ‘Three B’s” – Boarding Houses, Bars and Brothels – once ruled. The fourth B – Bertha’s Mussels, the iconic Fell’s Point eatery, was the epicenter of the fight.
Stay tuned for updates as we prepare a book proposal. I will post updates and excerpts here as time and progress allows.
Anniken Davenport writes from Savannah, Georgia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A freelance journalist specializing in legal topics, she has a knack for turning dense legal materials into readable prose. She holds a dual concentration fiction and nonfiction MA in writing from Johns Hopkins and a JD from Penn State.
She has written for numerous publishers and publications, producing weekly and monthly newsletters, manuals and books. She teaches business law online to undergraduates and is the author of a popular paralegal textbook on criminal law. Davenport also conducts frequent webinars on human resource topics.
For a short time, she occupied Flannery O’Connor’s Savannah basement – until asthma forced her out. Born in Oslo post-war, she was raised on stories of the Nazi occupation and remains fascinated by Edvard Munch paintings.