Pigtown’s History

Pigtown is a small neighborhood with big heart (and the best name).  It is one of the most culturally and economically diverse communities in Baltimore, where people pull together to make great things happen. Those seeking friendly people and a little fun can find us in the southwest corner of downtown, just steps from Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, the B&O Railroad Museum and the Inner Harbor.

Thanks to our vibrant social fabric and city location, our Main Street offers an eclectic mix of boutique shops and restaurants that appeal to all types of visitors. We’d love to host you soon for an afternoon or evening out on our town.

What’s with the Pig?

Pigtown is a historic community, settled as early as the 1840s by railroad workers building the B&O line. It earned its name (and mascot) in the second half of the same century, when cargo railcars from the Midwest would swing open their doors at the nearby platform to let carloads of pigs out. The hogs were then herded through Ostend and Cross Streets to South Baltimore.

Thus, our community was famously known for its spectacle of pigs weaving through the neighborhood. Today, the pig is a proud symbol of our rich, deep roots, and unique personality.

About Pigtown Main Street

Pigtown Main Street is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the commercial revitalization of the Washington Boulevard commercial corridor.  Founded in 2000, we’re an original member of Baltimore Main Streets of the Baltimore Development Corporation) and we’re an accredited National Main Streets member organization.

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Click here to view our 2014 Business District Strategic Plan.

Click here to view our 2015 Annual Report.

Click here to view our 2014 Annual Report.

Click here to view our 2013 Annual Report.


The mission of Pigtown Main Street is to enhance the commercial corridor by improving the aesthetics, promoting branded events, connecting community institutions and protecting the Pigtown identity.

Board of Directors

Nick Rudolph – President
Baltimore Main Streets (fmr.)

Jonalyn Denlinger – Vice President
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

Jonathan Gill – Treasurer

Debbie Ally-Dickerson – Chair, Promotions Committee
Work Printing & Graphics

Ryan Dietrich
Office of the Attorney General of Maryland

Clausen Ely III
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John Pezzulla
The Bozzuto Group

The Honorable Mayor Catherine Pugh
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Bon Whiting
Visit Baltimore

Antonio Williams
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Calvin Young
The Harbor Bank of Maryland


Ben Hyman, Executive Director
Leslie Lacy, Business District Specialist

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