PortCovington.com: is a “fan page” for Port Covington, the geographic area located on the southern shore of the South Baltimore Peninsula, bounded by Westport Baltimore to the west and South Locust Point the Cruise Maryland Terminal to the east. Port Covington’s waterfront is on the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, which provides deep water access to the Chesapeake Bay and the world beyond. Neither this website nor it’s owner are in any way affiliated with the developers of the “new” Port Covington or the City of Baltimore.
As a former geography teacher, homeowner and resident of South Baltimore for well over three decades, it will be fascinating to watch and experience the forthcoming geographic and economic-commercial changes along the shores of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River throughout the next decade. Changes currently underway in Port Covington will certainly have a positive impact on the area. Port Covington is about to become one of the most impressive and important development projects along the entire East Coast. When full development plans are complete and approved the eventual impact on the entire City of Baltimore will be huge – and quite beneficial to the entire city of Baltimore.
An easy way to keep up-to-date on Port Covington news and “happenings” is to subscribe to the Port Covington Daily Update. This is a daily set of curated article headlines from around the Internet and social media – delivered to your inbox in summary form. It (also) does NOT contain a raft of ads like so many other such services.
This website will attempt to share some of what we see happening. It will not be glitzy and fancy like the “official” corporate website (BuildPortCovington.com) but it will be a way for this ol’ teacher to keep notes – and share some of those notes with readers who manage to find Port Covington online.
Another objective of the webmaster is to help promote and/or publicize the growth and development of this section of the South Baltimore peninsula. “SOBO” or “SouthBmore” – as some people call it – has been our home for many, many years and we very much like to see great things happening in our community.
Yet another objective is for this website to generate some revenue. This will likely be accomplished by including some advertising and some affiliate links. If a visitor/reader clicks on an affiliate link and subsequently makes a purchase from that merchant we may earn a small commission on that sale.
The first iteration of the PortCovington.com website was recorded by the Internet Archive “Wayback Machine” on February 2, 2004, just over a week after the domain was first registered (01/24/04). As near as we can tell, this was the first website solely about Port Covington and its role as a South Baltimore “neighborhood” among the myriad and diverse neighborhoods in the City of Baltimore.
The small bit of narrative in the image above was much as the “intro” to the site is today. It reads: ‘In mid-2002, the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, opened its first Baltimore City stores at Port Covington in the South Baltimore area. Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club are the first retailers to locate in the new Port Covington Shopping Center, a 60-acre, waterfront site on East Cromwell Street. Several hundred City jobs were created when the 142,000 square foot Wal-Mart and the 130,000 square foot Sam’s Club opened their doors. This strategically-located retail development at the site of a former City rail yard has come a long way – but has a long way yet to go. Watch for further development of this “newest” of waterfront destinations.’
The few links were to existing, local websites, four of which exist today, Including our own South Baltimore directory website. The Digital Harbor domain now redirects to PortCovington because we believe this location will become home to many “digital” enterprises.
There was not much done to develop the website in the last dozen years because not much has been done to develop Port Covington for most of that time. Although the proposals were impressive, the WalMart and Sam’s Club and curbing and intersections never amounted to much at all. The Sam’s closed after a brief run – WalMart fared better but one store does not a community make. The Sam’s Club building remained vacant and unoccupied for nearly a decade until the CEO of Under Armour, Kevin Plank, had the vision to see what it could (and will) become.
We’ve been looking for a comprehensive history of Port Covington since this website began over a dozen years ago. We have found “bits and pieces” of the story in several different places – but never did manage to tie any of it together and put it in an article. Until a recent bit of “controversy*” brought this research to the attention of many who are interested in the new development of this historic segment of South Baltimore.
Port Covington has, evidently, had a long and varied history – with successes and failures. The current proposal for the (re)development of Port Covington should [finally] be the next step in Tinkerer’s Paradise and will be one of lasting progress for generations to come.
*An Op-Ed opinion in a local newspaper was cited as not having properly cited the two authors of the original piece. (’nuff said)