Why the Odd Curb Numbers?
Many years ago a then-prospering Fell’s Point Market set up vegetable and fruit stalls all along Broadway. The stalls ran from the 600 block all the way to the water and around the Square, which looked quite different than today. Some vendors arrived by boat, bringing melons and more from the Eastern Shore. The numbers on the curbs designated vendor spaces so hucksters knew where to set up their stalls. The nearest equivalent today is the runup to Fun Festival, which saw Denise Whitman last month laying out the spots for the weekend’s myriad vendors. That is a process hardly etched in stone.
Eney added that when several blocks of Broadway were torn up several years ago to reset the cobblestones with new mortar, Fell’s Point wanted to keep the curb stones as a piece of its past. But many of the numbers weren’t placed in sequential order. And that’s why one shouldn’t look for logic at the gutter level in the 500 block, err, 800 block of Broadway.