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Old June 9th, 2007, 09:50 AM   #4141
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There's a Harris Teeter planned for a new condo project in downtown Silver Spring, as well.
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Old June 9th, 2007, 10:43 AM   #4142
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Old June 9th, 2007, 02:58 PM   #4143
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LOL!
That's too true. And probably spot on.
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Old June 9th, 2007, 03:12 PM   #4144
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Mark Sapperstein is know for having quality tenants in his developments. Didn't he do the Whole Foods in Mt. Washington too?
That one was developed by Sam Himmelrich.
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Old June 9th, 2007, 03:12 PM   #4145
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The 2000 ft Chicago Spire got city approval a month ago and will break ground this summer. Our buildings get approved and they get downsized and we have to wait 5 years (excpet for 4 seasons and Legg). Amazing. People need to get some balls around here.
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Old June 9th, 2007, 07:59 PM   #4146
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The 2000 ft Chicago Spire got city approval a month ago and will break ground this summer. Our buildings get approved and they get downsized and we have to wait 5 years (excpet for 4 seasons and Legg). Amazing. People need to get some balls around here.
Officials still look at Baltimore as that old blue-collar town with industrial and port appeal. It seems that they are afraid to think outside the box because they like the small town feel to this city. IMO, we need some new blood in the BDC. However, we have to realize that City Hall can get skeptical on any project depending on which way the wind blows.
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Old June 9th, 2007, 08:15 PM   #4147
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The 2000 ft Chicago Spire got city approval a month ago and will break ground this summer. Our buildings get approved and they get downsized and we have to wait 5 years (excpet for 4 seasons and Legg). Amazing. People need to get some balls around here.
Tell me about it.
Well, Chicago is Chicago. It's VERY skyscraper friendly. Baltimore is a traditional Nimby type of smaller city. Balls? Well, I think some developers have had some big ones. However, everyone else that keeps projects going may not have any. That, too, and the fact that the ,"market", plays such a huge determining factor. Blah, blah, blah.
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Old June 9th, 2007, 09:01 PM   #4148
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Seems like its mostly a combination of undersized cahones and not deep enough pockets
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Old June 9th, 2007, 10:25 PM   #4149
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BDC put out its latest newsletter this week. There is some useful information and some good renderings of projects.
http://www.baltimoredevelopment.com/...007_spring.pdf
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Old June 10th, 2007, 01:12 AM   #4150
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BDC put out its latest newsletter this week. There is some useful information and some good renderings of projects.
http://www.baltimoredevelopment.com/...007_spring.pdf
Thanks for this Huck.

I think I remember hearing about this project, but dont think I ever saw a rendering. I'm excited about this. As a point of reference, if you're traveling northbound on Central Ave., you'd make a left where this project is to be constructed onto Lombard to travel eastbound toward the CBD.



This, however, doesnt look any better from these new angles.

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Old June 10th, 2007, 05:02 AM   #4151
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This, however, doesnt look any better from these new angles.

Pretty sure these are the same shots of the Superblock project that were released when the project was announced. Heee-dious. Still.
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Old June 10th, 2007, 06:32 AM   #4152
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That property is too valuable for a 3 story retail building by itself, but as part of a larger structure, that would be a good outcome.
that's what we said about the site where lockwood place is (being too valuable), but look what we ended up with. ya' just never know. i guess it all depends on the "market".
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Old June 10th, 2007, 06:43 AM   #4153
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BDC put out its latest newsletter this week. There is some useful information and some good renderings of projects.
http://www.baltimoredevelopment.com/...007_spring.pdf
great find, huck!!!

1) that rendering of the 16-block redesign of pratt street look outstanding. i'm starting to like the idea of pratt being a 2-way street. should help ease traffic in a major way.

2) glad to see that the st. james place project is finally in full swing of construction.
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Old June 10th, 2007, 04:29 PM   #4154
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1) that rendering of the 16-block redesign of pratt street looks outstanding. i'm starting to like the idea of pratt being a 2-way street. should help ease traffic in a major way.
Hmmm. I'm partial to two-way streets myself, but a lot of traffic engineers would argue that two-ways don't ease traffic, but make it worse. One reason: drivers making left turns on two way streets have to wait for oncoming traffic to break; meanwhile, traffic backs up behind them.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 01:03 AM   #4155
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Hmmm. I'm partial to two-way streets myself, but a lot of traffic engineers would argue that two-ways don't ease traffic, but make it worse. One reason: drivers making left turns on two way streets have to wait for oncoming traffic to break; meanwhile, traffic backs up behind them.
Actually, I am all for the two-way traffic proposal on Pratt treet. I read an article in the Baltimore Business Journal and it said roundabouts is also a part of the deal. That part of it I don't agree with. A.M. and P.M. traffic would be a nightmare.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 01:05 AM   #4156
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Old June 11th, 2007, 01:41 AM   #4157
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Before any roundabouts become reality, I really hope the traffic engineers do their homework. I love a good roundabout, especially an Italian or Parisian traffic circle with a piazza or monument in the center, but when implementing roundabouts to cure traffic woes, Baltimore has been less than successful. I believe the roundabout at Charles and Bellona in Baltimore County is about to be done away with, and the roundabout in Towson is about to undergo a major facelift.

If the roundabout is going to be for aesthetic purposes, I think it will work out, but I can't see it being a solution to easing heavy traffic. In theory, roundabouts are nice, but very few drivers understand how they actually work. Traffic rules seem to break down anytime drivers enter a roundabout.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 02:12 AM   #4158
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I believe the roundabout at Charles and Bellona in Baltimore County is about to be done away with
Huh. Didn't know that. Always thought it worked well. Better than the previous "take your chances, shoot the break" arrangement, anyway. Will a traffic signal replace it?
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Old June 11th, 2007, 02:20 AM   #4159
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I'll double check my sources on that, but in the few short weeks I've been back in the area, I've heard more than one person tell me that the intersection will be redesigned. As to what the redesign will include, I'm not sure. I'll check back with the people who told me this, and find out where they heard it.
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If the roundabout is going to be for aesthetic purposes, I think it will work out, but I can't see it being a solution to easing heavy traffic. In theory, roundabouts are nice, but very few drivers understand how they actually work. Traffic rules seem to break down anytime drivers enter a roundabout.
You hit it dead on the head. Roundabouts are terrible for heavy traffic. Like you said, many drivers simply don't understand the rules when entering a roundabout. And to be honest with you, I really don't care too much for the the Towson Circle. I think the traffic on York Road road flowed ten times better before it was there.
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