Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
After hours of rioting around the city, the clean-up begins.
Groups of Baltimoreans began cleaning up around North Avenue Tuesday following protests and riots that began Monday afternoon and continued into early Tuesday morning.
Heavily affected by Monday night's unrest, the street and its surrounding neighborhoods have long suffered from the kind of damage that comes from years of economic segregation and disinvestment. Baltimore City Paper's Brandon Weigel notes that some abandoned properties along the clean-up route, untouched by Monday night's events, are being attended to, as well.
Shortly after the Monday burial of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who died from spinal injuries sustained while in the custody of Baltimore Police earlier this month, a crowd of mostly high-school-aged locals clashed with Baltimore Police. As angry crowds grew and spread around and through Gray's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, police struggled to contain the scene. Rioters destroyed property between the area of Mondawmin Mall and the corner of North and Pennsylvania Avenues and continued to do so through different sections of the city as night fell.
The Baltimore Orioles, who play their home games at the city's Inner Harbor, cancelled a game Monday evening shortly before it was scheduled to start. They have also postponed Tuesday's scheduled game. That area was mostly unaffected by Monday night's unrest, but reports of looting and buildings set aflame came from neighborhoods north and east of the stadium. Two hundred people were arrested and 15 police officers have been reported injured.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency Monday night and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that a 10 p.m. curfew will take effect starting Tuesday night and continue through the week. Baltimore Public Schools are closed Tuesday but city libraries and recreation centers remain open.