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Old January 16th, 2007, 10:27 PM   #541
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Its an art school. What do you expect. Baltimore needs bolder architecture anyway. No matter what someone thinks of this one, it will break people out of their shells in this city. How many more boring boxes can we stand to see in our skylines. Everytime I see that Marriott downtown, I just think to myself what could have been if someone actually used a little more "outside the 'box'" vision.

I don't like the design completely myself, but I like the statement it makes. Baltimore isn't going to be a city of the world's tallest skyscrapers. But we can be a city with strong forward thinking designs.

and again.. its MICA.. what do you expect. We're lucky to have them. UB too.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 10:37 PM   #542
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This one goes out to all the teachers!

O'Malley pledges funds for school construction
Budget to include $400 million; inaugural set tomorrow
By Jennifer Skalka
Sun reporter
Originally published January 16, 2007
Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley promised yesterday that his first annual budget will include $400 million for school construction, a commitment he made during the first-ever Maryland Youth Inaugural, held at St. John's College in Annapolis.

"We're making news," said O'Malley, perched on a stool with Lt. Gov.-elect Anthony G. Brown by his side in the school's auditorium. "Don't tell the press this tonight. We don't want them to know until we reveal our budget. ... We are going to put $400 million into school construction this year, in this year's budget."


Education is also listed as a key priority for the new administration in a draft of O'Malley's inaugural speech, which he will deliver tomorrow. A copy of the address, obtained by The Sun, has the mayor saying the state must take responsibility for "long-term investment in higher education."

"In Maryland, the opportunity for young people to achieve a better life than their parents is in peril, with college costs rising beyond what families can afford," the draft says.

The speech, to be delivered in front of the State House after O'Malley is sworn in as Maryland's 61st governor, discusses the challenges facing the state and the nation, among them making higher education more accessible, providing health care to the uninsured, curbing rising energy costs and lessening the economic burden on middle-class Americans.

The theme, "Peril and Possibility," echoes throughout.

"As one Maryland," the draft says, "we have choices to make about our shared future. Will we allow our future to be defined solely by peril, by the challenges and difficulties that loom over these next four years? Or will we seize possibility. Will we define our state's future, building on Maryland's strength?"

The draft speech, dated Jan. 9 - aides say it has been revised recently and was written by the governor and top advisers - does not contain specifics for solving those problems and others.

Instead, the address is more thematic and includes many of O'Malley's favorite campaign lines about loving neighbors as ourselves and fostering "a unity of spirit and matter."

Rick Abbruzzese, a spokesman for the governor, said O'Malley's State of the State address, scheduled for Jan. 31, will include more details about how he proposes to tackle each issue.

O'Malley's school construction announcement drew strong applause from the 200 students, teachers and parents who attended the 90-minute town hall-style event at St. John's. Later, Democratic leaders praised O'Malley but said they want to know how he will pay for the initiative.

"I also want him to keep his other campaign promises," said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. "He also campaigned on keeping slots at the tracks. I think that should be done this year as well."

House Speaker Michael E. Busch said he agreed with O'Malley's figure but noted without specifics that other projects will have to be delayed to pay for the governor-elect's proposal. "It's in the budget, so we're there," Busch said.

The Assembly dedicated about $323 million in the most recent fiscal year to capital projects including school construction.

Outgoing Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. promised last summer that if re-elected he would commit $250 million annually over a five-year period, a figure in line with the quarter-million dollars a year recommended by an education funding commission headed by state Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp.

Abbruzzese said O'Malley is recommending $400 million for his first-year budget and $250 million annually in each successive year.

Under state law, O'Malley must introduce his budget plan Friday, two days after he is sworn in. The school construction pledge, a frequent campaign trail refrain, marks the second such promise in recent days. Last week, he promised full funding for environmental land purchases.

Those attending the St. John's meeting were hopeful that O'Malley and Brown will make education - specifically funding for construction and a re-evaluation of state testing standards - a primary focus.

The event was originally scheduled for today, but the funeral of a Baltimore policeman required that it be held on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Attendees appeared to be most engaged talking about the Maryland High School Assessments, exams administered at the end of courses in biology, English and other subjects. Several expressed concern that learning is compromised because teachers are forced to teach to the test.

"I think that we're losing in our classrooms the ability to discuss, to share ideas and opinions," David DeMatthews, an American government teacher at Edmondson-Westside High School in Baltimore, told O'Malley.

O'Malley, who was casual enough to call several speakers "man" and at one point "beatboxed" (the hip-hop art of using one's voice to make drumbeats and other percussive noises) as a student recited his after-school club's mission, promised new leadership at the Maryland State Department of Education. He also vowed to review state testing requirements.

"We will be taking another look at this and trying to get that balance right," O'Malley said.

Frederick Ramsey, a junior at Dunbar High School in Baltimore, said he was grateful for the opportunity to see the governor-elect in person and that he looks forward to learning more specifics about O'Malley's plans.

"He answered some [questions] very well, some he didn't," Ramsey said. "They'll all have to be addressed."

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Old January 16th, 2007, 10:41 PM   #543
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Totally agree on the Vue. They have three different color bricks in the whole building. Whats up with that. And the main tower is just an ugly color. Hope they put some nice lights on the top to light up the skyline to make for it.

Well...when 10IH is built, that will open the door for more modern glass towers to be built here. I can't wait to see what 300 E pratt will be made of. Hopefully another glass tower. NO MORE BRICK!!
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Old January 16th, 2007, 10:42 PM   #544
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Does anyone have the rest of these two articles?

First one:

Condo sales sputtered at end of ‘06

Condominium sales in the Baltimore area took a dive during the last months of 2006, delivering one-fifth the number of new sales as the previous quarter.

- JEN DEGREGORIO

Second:

Banks cautioned about lending for commercial projects

Federal regulators are looking to reduce the risk of heavy losses by asking banks to watch their reliance on loans for commercial real estate.

- ANDY ROSEN

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Does not sound too nice................
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Old January 16th, 2007, 10:54 PM   #545
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Who, here on this forum, lives in the Canton area?
If so, please read this e-mail I just recieved from Marco Greenberg. He's developing the "ICON" high-rise project in Canton.

This is his e-mail to me concerning the meeting:

Steve

Thanks for your inquiry. There was not a great turnout (on either side)
Thursday evening. The naysayers in the community gave their regular
speeches, and about a dozen supporters came to express their views.

One interesting point - traffic continues to be a "proxy" issue, as some
people quote traffic concerns as their reason for opposing the
development. However, the City's own traffic consultant has stated
publicly that our development would have a neglible impact on traffic,
particularly compared to other recently-approved projects. Of all the
potential uses of a site, residential development has the least impact
on traffic, especially peak hour counts.

There were names and faces at the meeting that I did not recognize - I
hope some of them were your friends. I have a sign-in sheet from the
meeting - can you share your friends' names with me? We've been accused
of bringing in "ringers", and I'd like to get an accurate idea of who
actually lives in the Canton area. I'd also like to add them to my
e-mail list if possible.

Thanks again for your inquiry - I'll keep you posted.

Marco



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If you guys could help out or if you want to help out Mr. Greenberg, I can give you his e-mail and you can contact him or you can e-mail your e-mail address or whatever.
Just let me know asap.

BTW, even if you don't live there, I'm pretty sure he'd be very interested in talking with you.



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Old January 16th, 2007, 10:59 PM   #546
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I hereby declare that All Brick and Concrete facades shall be bannned from construction in the Greater Downtown Baltimore Area for the indefinite Future!!

What a minute, this is a democracy, and I'm not in charge. Damn....

(and a moratorium on the metal roof "hats", too)
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Old January 16th, 2007, 11:07 PM   #547
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This one goes out to all the teachers!

O'Malley pledges funds for school construction
Budget to include $400 million; inaugural set tomorrow
By Jennifer Skalka
Sun reporter
Originally published January 16, 2007
Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley promised yesterday that his first annual budget will include $400 million for school construction, a commitment he made during the first-ever Maryland Youth Inaugural, held at St. John's College in Annapolis.

"We're making news," said O'Malley, perched on a stool with Lt. Gov.-elect Anthony G. Brown by his side in the school's auditorium. "Don't tell the press this tonight. We don't want them to know until we reveal our budget. ... We are going to put $400 million into school construction this year, in this year's budget."


Education is also listed as a key priority for the new administration in a draft of O'Malley's inaugural speech, which he will deliver tomorrow. A copy of the address, obtained by The Sun, has the mayor saying the state must take responsibility for "long-term investment in higher education."

"In Maryland, the opportunity for young people to achieve a better life than their parents is in peril, with college costs rising beyond what families can afford," the draft say
hmmmm, this is good news!!!!!! $400 million should help Baltimore City Public Schools in a BIG way.
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