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What Does Essex-Middle River Really Need?

What could your town use?

Essex is a great part of town. We've got parks, water, planes, restaurants and plenty more.

But what is it missing? What do you wish you didn't have to leave town for? Or what could it really use, in a perfect world?

I'll start: a quality coffeeshop. This is mostly self-interested, as right now (aside from the library) I have to get to White Marsh or Rosedale to find a place where I can sit down, grab a cup, do some writing and take calls.

Join in the conversation and add your suggestions in our comments.

Cathy Fialkowski January 30, 2013 at 02:54 PM
I agree with the good coffee shop. We could also use a good sushi restaurant. And, a great idea would be to take advantage of the water oriented community by building a water-park, Wilson Point would be a good location, that would be accessible by boat or land. Something similar to the waterpark in Chesapeake City. We need to bring people and money to Essex and Middle River! And remove the reputation that 21221/21220 are zip codes at the butt of most jokes.
Kevin McDonough January 30, 2013 at 03:09 PM
A "nice" shopping / entertainment plaza, much like the Avenue at White Marsh somewhere in the area. What ever happened to that proposal to build something of the sort behind Martin's?
Jeffrey M. Doran Jr. January 30, 2013 at 03:23 PM
I hope they do the whole mixed-use property where the old GSA complex is. I personally would like to see a dog park. I love walking my dogs but wish they had a place to run free and play with other dogs. Wouldn't be a huge project either
Tyler Waldman January 30, 2013 at 05:50 PM
I could go for a water park.
Mike Berg January 30, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Since Essex and Middle River are waterfront communities, what we need are water venues that the public can access. We need to take Wilson Point Park and turn it into a destination . Build a small water park, have a Boat Rental Consignment, A Pirate ship taking kids out, a Head Boat for fishing trips, a couple Charter Boats, some Crabbers and a Fresh Fish Market, an Ice Cream Stand, a Snack Bar, an Amphitheater. People from all over Baltimore County would come, Boaters from all over the bay would come. The park could be used for community events, Halloween, Christmas, Fourth of July ,and New Years. It can be and should be the heart of our Community were people come to gather, play, laugh and live.
buck horowitz January 31, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Excellent!
Kristin January 31, 2013 at 05:02 PM
A coffeeshop/bakery. I've been saying this for years!

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