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THEN: In February of 1976, 70 stores of the 84-unit Old Town Mall project were doing business, and the rehabilitation was nearing the halfway mark. The picture above shows the new retailing center, rebuilt from the shattered Gay Street strip with new lighting and landscaping. More than $1.7 million had been spent on the Old Town Mall to date under the guidance of the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development. (Baltimore Sun file photo, 1976)

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NOW: The Old Town Mall business area, looking west toward downtown Baltimore. In the background is the clock tower from the oldest fire station in the city, at 414 N. Gay St., which is now the Baltmore City Fire Museum. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun photo, 2014)