The people who knew, loved, and respected Ed have lost an extraordinary friend, partner, leader, mentor. Baltimore City has lost an advocate of singular integrity, intelligence, and heart.
We are blessed in Baltimore with a community of people who care passionately about the vibrancy of the city and work hard and effectively to make it a better place. But noone so much as Ed.
I bought my first house in Baltimore in Patterson Park because of Ed. We teamed up to launch a number of local and State initiatives and my favorite memories of Ed will always be making those plans--at Jimmy's, on our way to Annapolis...Our favorite joint effort was the Live Near Your Work program, which thanks to the partners that initiative mobilized--most generously, Johns Hopkins--has been an important tool in the revitalization of many city neighborhoods, multiplying Ed's impact beyond Patterson Park.
Until his very last days, Ed was working with the Central Baltimore Partnership and the Greater Greenmount Community Association to chart a strategy for the revival of the East Baltimore Midway community. We and our partners are immeasurably grateful to have had this time, and our hearts are so heavy with this loss.
Thank you, Ed, for all the ways you made Baltimore better, for your friendship, and for your great spirit, inspiration and hard work.