Canton's reversal of fortune from a rundown enclave of shuttered canneries to Baltimore nightlife hot spot took place over nearly two decades. Take a photographic tour of today's O'Donnell Square and get the inside scoop on what's to do in this popular neighborhood.
Flanked by a stone church at the eastern end and an old firehouse to the west, O'Donnell Square began as the marketplace for Canton, a neighborhood of factory workers. An old public market once stood on the median in O'Donnell Street, now a leafy green space where urban professionals walk their pooches before heading to one of the many restaurants and bars that ring the square.
Every St. Patrick's Day, the square becomes a hub of activity when Claddagh Pub sponsors the annual Meet in the Street party, where tents are erected and the reveling moves outside. But every weekend all year long is a party too.