Neighborhood Life: The Ups, Downs, and Day-to-Days on East Monument Street

When Bill Richardson thinks about how long he's run his produce stand at East Baltimore's Northeast Market, he says simply, "Too long."


It's the kind of wry comment one expects from a grandparent or a neighborhood veteran. And Richardson is certainly the latter when you consider the five generations his family has spent doing business on East Monument Street.

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Mary Hartney
3.5
by Mary Hartney - Apr. 20, 2011

This story uses the Richardson Farms stall to tell the larger story of a market and neighborhood and includes a fair amount of context in so doing. There are a few awkward turns of phrase ("himself a grandson and grandfather connecting both chronological ends of the family business") and the story struggles at times to transition from point to point. Overall, however, it's an interesting piece.

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Anthony E. Laus
3.4
by Anthony E. Laus - May. 5, 2011

I think that this piece had a good concept and brought light to East Monument Street. I personally learned more about the culture and history of this part of Baltimore. Construction wise, I thought that the author used good quotes, but some paragraphs were a little long, and I also felt like the flow of the article could have been tailored a little better. The historical facts also felt like a bit too much for a feature read. All in all, a good piece.

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Devin Hamberger
3.5
by Devin Hamberger - Apr. 20, 2011

This is good journalism because it talks about the farmer's market and the fact that although Bill Richardson, whose family legacy is the produce stand, is tired of running it. Despite the fact that it is tiring work, Richardson continues to run the stand because of the people who come to the Northeast market. This article also shows the role that the Northeast Market and the produce stands play in the lives of neighborhood residents who regularly visit. Through the development of the farmer's market, the reader can also see the development of the area and how the two come hand in hand.

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Sarah LaCorte
3.6
by Sarah LaCorte - Apr. 20, 2011

I think this was a very good piece of journalism. I felt the story got to the heart and soul of what produce and suburban vendors are feeling now in this box store obsessed culture. I like how the article made its point through a series of anecdotes and comparisons and contrasts. It gave a very wide array of perspectives that yeah, the market is harsher but at least the streets are cleaner. The article did show quite a bit of depth, the conflict between old roots and new growth and the issues surrounding the community.

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Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
3.7
by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf - May. 3, 2011

The story is fascinating because it begins with the tone of Bill Richardson, a rather tired old gentleman, and transitions into grander ideas, the culture of a marketplace, and its importance to Baltimore. Though it is a colorful piece, it certainly does need work making the ideas flow, and clarifying the more wordy phrases.

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Olivia Stephens
3.3
by Olivia Stephens - Apr. 27, 2011

Yes, the author used some good quotes. The article could have flowed a little bit better though.

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Paul Siegel
4.0
by Paul Siegel - Apr. 20, 2011

Well written article. Gives a real personalized view of the people who live in the community. Great stories shared from those interviewed.

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  • The Voices of Northeast Market

    (Audio - streaming) As a follow-up to our feature story, Neighborhood Life: The Ups, Downs, and Day-to-Days on East Monument Street, Bmore's Sam Hopkins crafted the following audio feature in ...
    Posted by Andrew Hazlett