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Is Canton losing its urban vibe?

Dog walkers and mothers with strollers are seen walking in Canton Square on a nice day. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

The Canton neighborhood in southeast Baltimore has been one of the hottest communities in the city during the last decade. The neighborhood has thrived in part because of the ability of residents to walk to bars and restaurants around O'Donnell Square and the urban atmosphere created streets lined with brick row homes. But recent developments along the community's Boston Street corridor have been criticized for being too suburban in nature. The massive Shops at Canton Crossing have become a convenient example of what some see as a shift in development patterns aimed at taking advantage of new residents flocking to the neighborhood. "I'm disappointed in the development at Canton Crossing, not that it was developed, but in the architectural style of Canton Crossing. It ended up looking too much like a suburban shopping mall," said Councilman James Kraft, who represents that area of the city.

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Merritt pitches Canton office space

Baltimore's architecture review panel told the architect of Merritt Properties LLC's proposed office tower at Canton Crossing the project could use more detail. The Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel received its first look at plans for the proposed building on Thursday. The design by Michael Burton, an architect at Urban Design Group LLC, calls for a masonry base at the bottom of the building that transitions into a glass facade on the office space above the building's garage. "It's almost like a glass cube sitting on top of the brick," panelist Richard Burns said.

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