The sound of the fountain outside the Baltimore County Circuit Court was once one of those signs of summer.
But that sound's gone silent. On a recent trip to the court, it occurred to me that I couldn't remember the last time the fountain was running. So I asked county spokeswoman Ellen Kobler.
She said in an email the fountain was shut off for good some months ago, though she didn't know exactly when.
"The fountain has leaked into the building below for years," she wrote. "Engineers have determined that the problem is simply not fixable, probably a design flaw from the beginning. As a result, the fountain will not be turned back on. At the present time, there are no plans to replace it."
So that raises the question: What do you do with it?
"Maybe we'll plant flowers in there," joked Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce.
Share your fun ideas in the comments.