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Old April 23rd, 2007, 10:14 PM   #3081
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There obviously is a problem with the below article. Given the sorry state of journalism these days, I don't know if it lies with the BBJ or the Financial Times. They seemed to have compared Apples with Oranges.

They list Chicago, New York and Baltimore as a "Major Cities" and not as "Large Cities". How can the nations 5th largest market, Philadelphia, NOT be in the same category? The Philadelphia market is 2x our size. Huh?


Magazine touts Baltimore's business future
Baltimore Business Journal - 3:01 PM EDT Monday, April 23, 2007

The Greater Baltimore region ranks as one of the top 10 major cities of the future in North America, according to an award given out by a Financial Times publication. Charm City placed in the overall top 10 out of 108 nominees, based on a test of 60 criteria ranging from cost effectiveness to human resources to infrastructure, according to a news release.

And Maryland's anchor metropolitan city ranked as a runner-up in the Most Business Friendly category.

The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore submitted all of the information for nominations to Foreign Direct Investment magazine, which is published by Financial Times. The publication is read by more than 15,000 executives, consultants and investment specialists, according to the release.

Some cities only submitted information for their designated municipal borders. Baltimore, however, applied as its defined region, which includes the city, Howard County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Harford County and Carroll County, said Brad McDearman, executive vice president of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, in an interview.

Awards are given out by the magazine every other year, targeting large and small cities with the best prospects for investment, economic development and business expansion.

Other U.S. cities under the category of major cities, with populations of more than 2 million people, are Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, New York, Dallas and Seattle.

Philadelphia and Phoenix, for example, fell under the category of large cities with a population in between 500,000 and 2 million people for the awards. According to 2005 Census estimates, the Philadelphia and Phoenix regions have populations of 5.8 million and 3.8 million, respectively.

Lines on a map are not the determining factor, McDearman said.

"They're not looking at boundaries, they're looking at your market," he said.

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Old April 23rd, 2007, 10:19 PM   #3082
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There is an architecture article in The Sun today by Ed Gunts about Goucher. Does anyone thinks this means there will be a regular architecture column now?
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 10:30 PM   #3083
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There is an architecture article in The Sun today by Ed Gunts about Goucher. Does anyone thinks this means there will be a regular architecture column now?
Yes. Looks like his sabbatical/leave of absence is over.
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 10:43 PM   #3084
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They list Chicago as a "Major City" and not a "Large City". Did they transpose Chicago with Phoenix? How can the 2nd or 3rd largest market in the country not be LARGE? Huh?[/B]
Wada, the way I'm looking at this article is that there appears to be two categories, as you alluded to, "Major" and "Large." The "Major" group looks to be cities with populations greater than 2 million. The "Large" group looks to be cities with a population between 500,000 and 2 million. The article says that some cities only submitted data for the area within their munipal limits (thus why Philly and Phoenix have under 2 million), whilst others submitted data for their entire metros (thus why Boston, Miami, and Baltimore as well have over 2 million). That is just my guess, which I hope is correct because then it would mean that Baltimore was ranked against cities like New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle and others.
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 11:03 PM   #3085
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I realized that when I read the thing for the 4th time. I was still editing my post which is why the big LARGE is no longer there. Regardless, it's still written in a confusing way to me.

Am I getting early onset Alzheimers? If I am, just tell me - I won't remember anyway. Regardless, this still seems to be good news.

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Old April 23rd, 2007, 11:23 PM   #3086
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There's definitely a problem with the way the Financial Times framed the issue. It is exactly like comparing apples to oranges, like you said, when comparing cities with metropolitan areas. It's good new for Baltimore, but then again we need to have a standardized measurement across all metro areas/cities before you can really make conclusions.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 05:13 AM   #3087
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Yes. And Philly's banner looks doctored. How can the sun be shining ON the front of the Liberty towers, and be behind them at the same time? Hmmmm
It's the moon. In a photo shot directly at the sun, it would be so bright that the city would be only a dark shadow. A full moon is close to 180 degrees away from the setting sun, which is illuminating the buildings.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 05:36 AM   #3088
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As someone who lives in Philly, I can say we're looking at the moon setting in the west, while the rising sun is illuminating the skyline slightly from the east. This is a pretty old banner, though, as the Comcast Center isn't shown under construction (for obvious reasons).

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Old April 24th, 2007, 07:08 AM   #3089
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After reading this article I contacted Wallace Farmer. Hours later I was at his house. I like the area a lot. His house looks great and indeed is in walking distance to the train. We need more people like him who want to move there.
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MARC station seen as hub of revival
West Baltimore station seen as key to new life in a section scarred by an aborted 1970s road project

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Originally published April 23, 2007

By 6 a.m., the free parking lot at the West Baltimore MARC station is almost

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Old April 24th, 2007, 01:40 PM   #3090
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Not to beat a dead horse, but this came from the Urban Issues section of SSC. Little old Baltimore isn't doing to bad.

Richest cities and urban areas in 2005

Rank City/Urban area Country GDP in US$bn
1 Tokyo Japan 1191
2 New York USA 1133
3 Los Angeles USA 639
4 Chicago USA 460
5 Paris France 460
6 London UK 452
7 Osaka/Kobe Japan 341
8 Mexico City Mexico 315
9 Philadelphia USA 312
10 Washington DC USA 299
11 Boston USA 290
12 Dallas/Fort Worth USA 268
13 Buenos Aires Argentina 245
14 Hong Kong China 244
15 San Francisco/Oakland USA 242
16 Atlanta USA 236
17 Houston USA 235
18 Miami USA 231
19 Sao Paulo Brazil 225
20 Seoul South Korea 218
21 Toronto Canada 209
22 Detroit USA 203
23 Madrid Spain 188
24 Seattle USA 186
25 Moscow Russia 181
26 Sydney Australia 172
27 Phoenix USA 156
28 Minneapolis USA 155
29 San Diego USA 153
30 Rio de Janeiro Brazil 141
31 Barcelona Spain 140
32 Shanghai China 139
33 Melbourne Australia 135
34 Istanbul Turkey 133
35 Denver USA 130
36 Singapore Singapore 129
37 Mumbai India 126
38 Rome Italy 123
39 Montreal Canada 120
40 Milan Italy 115
41 Baltimore USA 110
42 Metro Manila Philippines 108
43 St Louis USA 101
44 Beijing China 99
45 Cairo Egypt 98
46 Jakarta Indonesia 98
47 Tampa/St Petersburg USA 97
48 Pusan South Korea 95
49 Kolkata India 94
50 Vienna Austria 93
51 Delhi India 93
52 Tel Aviv-Jaffa Israel 92
53 Santiago Chile 91
54 Cleveland USA 90
55 Bangkok Thailand 89
56 Tehran Iran 88
57 Portland USA 87
58 Bogotá Colombia 86
59 St Petersburg Russia 85
60 Guangzhou China 84
61 Pittsburgh USA 80
62 Riyadh Saudi Arabia 80
63 Lisbon Portugal 79
64 Vancouver Canada 79
65 Johannesburg South Africa 79
66 Monterrey Mexico 78
67 Stockholm Sweden 76
68 Cape Town South Africa 75
69 Berlin Germany 75
70 Athens Greece 73
71 Birmingham UK 72
72 Fukuoka Japan 72
73 Manchester UK 69
74 Lima Peru 67
75 Belo Horizonte Brazil 65
76 Guadalajara Mexico 60
77 Hamburg Germany 58
78 Turin Italy 58
79 Lyon France 56
80 Jiddah Saudi Arabia 55
81 Karachi Pakistan 55
82 Dhaka Bangladesh 52
83 Munich Germany 50
84 Dublin Ireland 49
85 Leeds UK 48
86 Warsaw Poland 48
87 Tianjin China 45
88 Bangalore India 45
89 Porto Alegre Brazil 44
90 Helsinki Finland 43
91 Naples Italy 43
92 Budapest India 43
93 Zurich Switzerland 42
94 Ankara Turkey 42
95 Amsterdam Netherlands 42
96 Auckland New Zealand 41
97 Copenhagen Denmark 41
98 Recife Brazil 41
99 Rotterdam Netherlands 40
100 Brussels Belgium 39
101 East Rand South Africa 39
102 Brasilia Brazil 38
103 Salvador El Salvador 38
104 Wuhan China 38
105 Chennai India 38
106 Ho Chi Min City Vietnam 38
107 Hyderabad India 38
108 Fortaleza Brazil 37
109 Prague Czech Republic 36
110 Chongqing China 35
111 Algiers Algeria 35
112 Medellin Colombia 34
113 Taegu South Korea 34
114 Curitiba Brazil 33
115 Ahmadabad India 32
116 Oslo Norway 31
117 Izmir Turkey 31
118 Lagos Nigeria 30
119 Pune India 30
120 Alexandria Egypt 30
121 Cologne Germany 29
122 Lahore Pakistan 28
123 Caracas Venezuela 28
124 Hanoi Vietnam 28
125 Shenyang China 27
126 Puebla Mexico 27
127 Lille France 27
128 Bandung Indonesia 26
129 Casablanca Morocco 24
130 Khartoum Sudan 23
131 Surat India 22
132 Baghdad Iraq 22
133 Chengdu China 21
134 Xian China 19
135 Kanpur India 17
136 Yangon Burma 16
137 Chittagong Bangladesh 16
138 Changchun China 15
139 Jaipur India 15
140 Lucknow India 14
141 Luanda Angola 12
142 Abidjan Ivory Coast 11
143 Pyongyang North Korea 10
144 Faisalabad Pakistan 10
145 Kinshasha Congo 10
146 Krakow Poland 10
147 Kabul Afghanistan 9
148 Nairobi Kenya 8
149 Addis Ababa Ethiopia 7
150 Kano Nigeria 7
151 Dar es Salaam Tanzania 5

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Old April 24th, 2007, 03:23 PM   #3091
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Old April 24th, 2007, 04:19 PM   #3092
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That Philly banner is awesome. Those few towers that soar right in the middle are so cool. I really wish Baltimore had a small little cluster soaring like that.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 05:27 PM   #3093
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That Philly banner is awesome. Those few towers that soar right in the middle are so cool. I really wish Baltimore had a small little cluster soaring like that.
Yeah the Liberty Towers are awesome. I was there last fall and they actually look taller in person. They will have to update that banner soon due to Comcast tower topping out this year.

Keep the faith Nate. We'll get a couple soaring towers
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Old April 24th, 2007, 05:55 PM   #3094
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From Pat Turner:

We are currently working with the City on the various legislative items
needed to proceed. The civil engineers are working on the construction
documents and we are looking at starting site work May 2008. As far as
design goes, we will put up a web page later this year so people can follow
the progress. Thank you for your interest.

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Old April 24th, 2007, 06:06 PM   #3095
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Ruling stalls city plan
Redevelopment by Penn Station frozen by 'quick take' case
By Lorraine Mirabella
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Originally published April 24, 2007
An ambitious city plan to redevelop a moribund site across from Penn Station is on hold more than a year after Baltimore officials approved seizure of the long-vacant Chesapeake Restaurant to make way for new shops, restaurants and housing.

After winning a key approval in October 2005, city economic development officials had expected to move quickly, hoping to build on momentum in the Charles North neighborhood spurred by the popular Charles Theatre, thriving nearby restaurants and new condos and townhouses promoting train station access. But a recent high court ruling favoring the property owner in his challenge of the taking has stalled redevelopment.





In its decision April 12, the Court of Appeals ruled that Baltimore Development Corp. showed no justification for using a condemnation tool called "quick take," which allows jurisdictions to take immediate title to a property. Rather, the court said, such a speedy condemnation could violate property rights.

City officials now say a failure to take control of the former restaurant and adjacent properties would mean the end of the multimillion-dollar makeover of the gateway to the Charles North arts and entertainment district.

"If for some reason, we are unable to acquire it, that's the end of this development," said M.J. "Jay" Brodie, BDC president.

In September 2005, the agency chose Station North Development Partners LLC to build Chesapeake Square, an estimated $40 million to $50 million development of shops, restaurants, an art gallery, subsidized artists' lofts, a 91-unit condominium tower and 11 townhouses.

The project in the 1700 block of N. Charles St. was to incorporate the four-story restaurant, vacant since the mid-1980s, a parking lot and two rowhouses on East Lanvale Street.

It would be the largest new development ever for a neighborhood on the cusp of renewal, where vacant homes are being renovated and developers are investing in building new condos and townhouses, such as the Station North townhouses on Calvert Street a block north of Penn Station.

The city and Station North Development Partners had planned to enter into a six-month negotiating period over the project and purchase of the Chesapeake properties. But because the BDC has been unable to acquire the properties, the city never entered into the agreement with the team: Tower Hill Development & Consulting LLC; Michael and Alan Shecter, the owners of buildings on the block; Florida-based developer The Miller Group and Stephen A. Masciola.

"We still believe this is potential major development at the gateway to Charles North," Brodie said. He said the developers have continued to express interest, "but they have not spent any serious money moving forward until they know we are able to assemble the site on which they made their proposal."

Matt Hoffman, a spokesman for Tower Hill, declined to comment on his team's plans.

The city's Board of Estimates approved the "quick take" condemnation of the property for $770,000 in October 2005, and in December of that year, the city filed to condemn the property, including in its Circuit Court action a petition to take immediate title. The court granted the petition several months later. Chesapeake owner Robert A. Sapero appealed. At the time, Sapero said he had a contract to sell the property for $2 million.

In its April 12 ruling, the Court of Appeals said the city failed to show a need for immediate possession of the properties. That ruling came on the heels of another that favored individual property rights over the city's use of quick take.

In that case, the Court of Appeals ruled in February that the BDC had no immediate need to condemn The Magnet bar, one of more than a dozen properties the city has identified for condemnation as part of the urban renewal of Charles North, an area bounded by 20th Street, Hargrove Alley and Falls Road. Owner George Valsamaki has closed the bar and is working to negotiate a settlement with the city, said his attorney, John C. Murphy.

In the case of the Chesapeake, the city still has the option of proceeding with a regular condemnation and will likely do so, City Solicitor George Nilson said.

"We've already made the decision. ... I would say we'll act on it with dispatch," Nilson said. "Obviously, the developers and the city alike would have preferred we'd been in a position to move more promptly. The developer has been patient. Our hope is the developer will continue to be patient."

He said the city is obtaining fresh appraisals on the properties and that it is possible the original appraisal would increase. If no settlement is reached with Sapero, the case would proceed to a jury trial.

A regular condemnation, unlike the quick-take process, will give Sapero the necessary time to go through the discovery period to seek out information to better defend the case, said his attorney, Alan R. Engel.

"If it can be shown that there might be some ulterior motives behind what's going on, and if this is not a truly taking for public purpose, it's possible the condemnation case could be thrown out," Engel said.

Sapero, contacted yesterday, would say only that there would be additional litigation, "unless the city recognizes its responsibility. At this point the city is presumably going forward and we will proceed accordingly."

"There are a lot of ramifications to the current status," he said. "We're reviewing the conditions, and we expect to respond and proceed according to the circumstances. I'm considering the ramifications and the future for the Chesapeake."

Sapero said he has had no contact with the city since the court ruling voiding the quick take.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 06:17 PM   #3096
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Good news Peter with that email. Sounds like Westport is moving forward.

I was downtown for the O's game yesterday and it was the first time I had come into the city via 395 in awhile, and also the first time I had been to the Harbor in a few months. It's so different now coming in via 395 onto Howard with all of the construction going on with the Hilton. Hey, it might not be that awesome tower we wanted, in fact it might not even be that ok looking tower we wanted, but it certainly will be a ton better than the parking lots that were there before.

Also, the skywalks going across (looks like there will be two) should add an element of busyness maybe not at the street level but certainly make that area seem like there is a lot more going on.

Also, Water Tower looks fairly close to finished and the Ritz project is really moving along. Didn't get over that side of the Harbor to see exactly how views will be affected, but I think it's important that density remain a major focus, especially right near our closest asset.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 07:10 PM   #3097
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I dont think the Hilton will be that bad. Its already added a to thje urbanity of that area. Imagine when people actually live in the Zenith and work, stay and eat at the Hilton.
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Any news on the Chapel NDP project? http://www.ruppertobrien.com/lombard...r%20Chapel.pdf

Drove by today and it looks like some work has started on the northern most section, but I have yet to see any timeline for the project.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 07:59 PM   #3099
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woops, hit send twice.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 07:59 PM   #3100
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