I found the most interesting person in Middle East, Baltimore at the Northeast Market, one of 6 remaining public markets in Baltimore. Mary, whose family has been at the market since 1912, recounts fond memories from her earliest days at the market to the more difficult times when male shop owners stood atop the building with guns to defend the building from arson in the late 60’s.
Middle East is also the neighborhood where a lot of the HBO Series The Wire was filmed. It’s eery now, with many homes boarded up (flickr set here), but the Northeast market is still bustling and Mary and her daughter Loretta still have a thriving business.
Music sampled from Titus and the Raindrops on SoundCloud; interview length (6 mins)