A year after Baltimore saw large-scale protests and a period of rioting, looting and arson following the death of Freddie Gray, there are signs the city has returned to normal. The CVS Pharmacy at the corner of North and Pennsylvania avenues, considered the epicenter of the violence last April 27, has been rebuilt and reopened. The Mary Harvin Senior Center, which was under construction and set ablaze that same night, also was rebuilt and recently celebrated its grand opening.
Crowds at Oriole Park at Camden Yards have returned to greet a new baseball season, though it will be hard to forget the day last year when the home team – due to security concerns the week of the riots – played a game with no fans in attendance.
Still, there are still visual reminders of the violent events of last year, when thousands protested Gray’s death from injuries sustained while in police custody. Some stores, including a DTLR clothing store on Pennsylvania Avenue, which was damaged during the riots, have not reopened. And barricades still remain at the ready in front of the Western District Police station, the district in which Gray was arrested and the area where many of the protests and marches took place.