Kudos to county for Fort Howard road resurfacing
I would like to give Baltimore County and the paving contractor a thumbs up for an outstanding job of resurfacing the roads in Fort Howard. This is the best our roads have ever been, and I have been living in Fort Howard since before the start of World War II. I know if my Dad was still alive, he would have to be pleased.
I remember in 1943 how my Dad tried to get a street light put up on the alley between Blank Avenue and Fort Avenue. Back then, the Baltimore County politician told my Dad they couldn’t install street lights on an alley. They said they might be able to put one on Blank Avenue. My Dad said Blank Avenue was a street that was never used. The street light was needed on the alley. Back then, the alley was a dirt road full of holes and ruts. My Dad never succeeded in getting a street light. Instead of putting up a street light, the politicians sent a man with a bulldozer to scrape the center of the alley to fill in the holes and smooth over the ruts.
I think my Dad would be pleased to know that the alley finally has street lights. It not only has street lights, but it has been paved. Apparently the policy to install street lights on alleys has not changed. Today’s politicians had a simple solution to the problem. They just rename the alley to Blank Avenue. Problem solved. People today might call the alley Blank Avenue, but for those of us who are still around from World War II, the alley will always be “Soap Suds Alley.”