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Old April 14th, 2007, 01:23 AM   #2861
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This project/link was included some time ago in one of those Baltimore development pdf links. I bookmarked it at that time. It's nice to see it progress.
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The chance that I will get the (only) $125,000 unit has now gone form 0% to 1%! I entered my info.

The estimated monthly payments seemed pretty low for that price. I think it may have something to do with the tax credits. (Shows how much I know about the nitty-gritty details of housing financing--all I know is to stay away from ARM, for obvious reasons).
The odds of me getting a condo on 1014 N. Charles went from 1% to 50%!!!

I might be back in Mt. Vernon again!!!!!!!!!!

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Old April 14th, 2007, 01:26 AM   #2862
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BRT would be better?
Versus LRT? Yes.

But commuter is the long term, logical solution.

(Another issue for TRAC to take up......!!!! )

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Old April 14th, 2007, 01:48 AM   #2863
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For the record, I like Ed Hale. I like doing business with him. He says what he means and means what he says. He has been nothing but straight up with me.


Under Armour is looking for 400,000 sf of office space in the city. Where in the heck do you think they will end up?
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Old April 14th, 2007, 02:01 AM   #2864
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^unless it snows......
Of course the whole reason that happened was because they were trying extremely hard to get people on their way. As a result, the only thing you can say about their customer service is that they try TOO hard!
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Old April 14th, 2007, 03:00 AM   #2865
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For the record, I like Ed Hale. I like doing business with him. He says what he means and means what he says. He has been nothing but straight up with me.


Under Armour is looking for 400,000 sf of office space in the city. Where in the heck do you think they will end up?
The old Legg Tower?
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Old April 14th, 2007, 04:51 AM   #2866
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my thoughts exactly!!
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Old April 14th, 2007, 04:58 AM   #2867
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Films have fewer reasons to shoot in Maryland


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Actor Bruce Willis is seen in a scene from "Live Free or Die Hard," a part of which was filmed in downtown Baltimore. BALTIMORE (Map, News) -

Cut! That’s not a director yelling on the set of a movie being filmed in Maryland. It’s what Gov. Martin O’Malley’s $30 billion budget did to the Employer Wage Rebate Program fund.


The move slashes the fund by around 40 percent. Last year, the allotment of about $6.75 million helped to lure the filming of movies such as Bruce Willis’ newest installment of the “Die Hard” series to the Free State.

But with the funding slash, crews that worked last year could be looking at a tough future in Maryland.

“I had a difficult time in explaining to the crew that they will be losing benefits, health plans, pension plans, and they are revamping their lifestyles to move out of Maryland,” said Rosemarie M. Levy, business agent for the Mid-Atlantic Studio Mechanics and Broadcast Technicians Local 487, which represents more than 500 technicians in Maryland.

Hannah Byron, the assistant secretary for tourism, film and the arts in Maryland, told The Examiner that the film industry contributed more than $155 million in economic impact to the state during fiscal 2006. Despite this dollar figure, the Local 487 looked for an increase in this year’s total Wage Rebate Fund. The union hoped for a boost to around $12 million for fiscal 2008.

In 2006 alone, the Local 487 said films such as “Man of the Year,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Hairspray” rejected Maryland based on its available incentive package compared with other states.

“It is going to affect our ability to bring in the major productions,” Byron said of the funding cut. “It’s been a very important tool in our toolbox.”

In a letter Levy addressed to the House Economic Matters Committee on March 6, she stated that the workers are “losing their ability to support themselves and their families.” The letter states that in 2005, members of Local 487 earned $5.3 million in income but only $3.8 million in 2006. Levy hoped to use this substantial drop as a key part of her argument to boost the funding.

Instead, she now has to plan outside the box to try to keep the workers she represents employed.

“When one door closes, I like to think another door opens,” Levy said. “I just need to find that door.”

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Old April 14th, 2007, 05:01 AM   #2868
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my thoughts exactly!!
Wow. Now that would really be something. That is an exquisite building.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 05:22 AM   #2869
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so, under armour wants 400,000 s.f. of office space. anyone know how much TOTAL s.f. is in the legg mason building?
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Old April 14th, 2007, 06:03 AM   #2870
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Ok, I was confused with the 700. This was the only thing i'd ever read about the development:

The Greektown North project, proposed by Towson-based Moran Properties, would transform the Servu Trucking operation into up to 232 new homes on slightly less than 10 acres bounded by Lombard Street on the north, Gough Street on the south, Oldham Street on the east and a rail line on the west.

from the Sun October '05
Yep, that is the one that's currently up for sale.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 06:06 AM   #2871
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What and use the NCR trail?

Nice idea for commuter rail, horrible for LR. I'm glad we've preserved most of the ROW, but the LR is too slow and inefficient as it is. Making a ridulously long LRT line would crush the system.

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I would heartily object to using the actual NCR trail. I enjoy biking on it too much.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 06:34 AM   #2872
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Apr 10, 2007 — York City Council Vice President Joe Musso said he plans to ask council in May to pass a resolution in support of light rail from Baltimore to York.
The prospects are good, he said.

A rail line already runs north from New Freedom along the York County Rail Trail. The land around the line is owned by York County because of the rail trail.

And stations for light rail lines in Maryland amount to concrete slabs and small shelters similar to bus stops.

"We need to focus on getting this to York," Musso said. "For the most part, the rails are there."........
Prospects are good? Did any of them ask anybody in Maryland? Say what they wish about LRT being cheap, the current system is more expensive to operate per mile than buses or subway and building 40 miles more would probably run into billions by the time they built tracks, platforms, overhead wires and bought more trains. The obvious place to put it would be on the old North Central ROW, which is currently the very popular and bucolic North Central Trail. Can't see any opposition there. And just how many people commute between York and Hunt Valley/Baltimore? Enough to support a system that has trouble even inside the metro area? And just who would pay for it? Maryland? With its $40 billion in transportation deficits?
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Old April 14th, 2007, 06:38 AM   #2873
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For the record, I like Ed Hale. I like doing business with him. He says what he means and means what he says. He has been nothing but straight up with me......
I agree. I think Ed Hale is the kind of guy we always wish we had more of around here. He's an astute businessman who has contributed to the city and is building good stuff on land that seemed like a wasteland 10 years ago. The location may not be downtown, but to let a place like that lay fallow when he saw its potential would have been foolish.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 08:16 AM   #2874
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Prospects are good? Did any of them ask anybody in Maryland? Say what they wish about LRT being cheap, the current system is more expensive to operate per mile than buses or subway and building 40 miles more would probably run into billions by the time they built tracks, platforms, overhead wires and bought more trains. The obvious place to put it would be on the old North Central ROW, which is currently the very popular and bucolic North Central Trail. Can't see any opposition there. And just how many people commute between York and Hunt Valley/Baltimore? Enough to support a system that has trouble even inside the metro area? And just who would pay for it? Maryland? With its $40 billion in transportation deficits?
I consider this idea so increadably pie in the sky as not worth another thought.


mmmm....Under Armour wants 400,000 sq feet. Maybe they will become the lead in a new tower like Legg just did. 10 IH said that they were going to add an office componet.
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That, or 300 east pratt, one light street, or even one of those Naing towers. Even Westport!
Harbor point, or Canton's Crossing.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 04:07 PM   #2877
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Attention: Nate!

Maglev costs less than top-speed rail
The Sun recently published a picture showing the French superspeed train, the TGV, breaking the world speed record for conventional rail at 357.2 miles per hour ("French train speeds into record book," April 4).
The caption mentioned that this speed is slightly short of the record set by the Japanese magnetically levitated train.

These records are of only limited interest because they are normally achieved under ideal conditions (on a straight track and at no grade or on downhill track) that do not represent typical operating conditions.

In any event, a difference of a few miles per hour will not significantly affect travel time.

Of greater importance when comparing conventional rail with maglev systems are the relative performance and cost of construction and operation.

And here maglev has decided advantages - it can negotiate grades of up to 10 percent (compared with a maximum grade of 3 percent for rail), and it can accelerate much more quickly to full speed.

While the costs of construction are comparable for maglev and conventional high-speed rail on dedicated track, the cost of operation and maintenance for maglev, with no moving parts, has been shown to average about one-third of the cost for operation and maintenance of high-speed rail systems.



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The writer is chairman emeritus of a firm that consults on the Baltimore-Washington maglev project.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 04:54 PM   #2878
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I think the old USF&G/Legg Mason building is going to be demolished. There is way too much wasted space with the plaza. Plus there is limited parking. Somebody could build a building which stretches curb to curb and get a heckuva lot more net leaseable space.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 07:44 PM   #2879
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I think the old USF&G/Legg Mason building is going to be demolished.
Now there's an audacious prediction ... if you're willing to put a time frame on it. Eventually, everything will be demolished or succumb to gravity.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 10:18 PM   #2880
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I think the old USF&G/Legg Mason building is going to be demolished. There is way too much wasted space with the plaza. Plus there is limited parking. Somebody could build a building which stretches curb to curb and get a heckuva lot more net leaseable space.
That will happen about as soon as the Orioles winning a World Series!
Has a building that tall ever been demolished (on purpose..I'm not talking about the WTC in NY) before? Lots of cities are full of 500ft+ buildings that are getting quite old. You would think some of them are going to be taken down soon.
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