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Old June 27th, 2007, 08:28 PM   #4521
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And the ones who live outside of the Beltway rarely venture inside the Beltway except for the occasional O's or Ravens game.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 09:10 PM   #4522
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Well, Maryland used to be called "America in Miniature." The covered bridges I see every day on the way to work in New Hampshire look pretty much the same as the ones in Frederick County, the water in OC's a heck of a lot warmer than in Cape Cod, but not as bathwater warm as Florida, and the lighthouses on the Chesapeake are as cool as the one's in Maine. Why leave? ;-)
I literally had a lady here at work give me that line yesterday while justifying why she never had any desire to leave this area. Of course, when I told her I was excited about getting my world cup tix last summer, she didn't know what sport I was talking about. When I explained the world cup (of soccer) was the biggest sporting event in the world, she said (in a completely serious and offended tone, ..."NOT BIGGER THAN NASCAR!!!"
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Old June 27th, 2007, 09:23 PM   #4523
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Traffic study for Inner Harbor West project gets city go-ahead

The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday took a step toward paving the way for development of a mixed-use site along the Patapsco River, known as Inner Harbor West.

The board, which oversees Baltimore's major financial deals, approved a city Department of Transportation traffic study on the impact of the Inner Harbor West project. City law requires a traffic study be done before permits may be approved for projects.

"It's an important next step in moving forward," said Patrick Turner, president of Turner Development Group, in an interview. "It tells you what you have to do to the surrounding streets to make less of an impact."

The Turner Development Group, best known for developing several properties in Federal Hill and Locust Point, is heading the project in the Westport section of Baltimore City, which is just south of where Interstate 95 crosses the Patapsco.

Turner said road and infrastructure construction on the site is scheduled to begin next March.

The project has been in the works for several years, but was snagged after contaminants, including arsenic, chromium and mercury, were found in the ground on part of the property that was once home to the Carr-Lowrey Glass Co.

The site was accepted into Maryland's Voluntary Cleanup Program in July 2005. Turner said about half of the site is cleaned up, but asbestos is still being removed from an old building on the property.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 10:37 PM   #4524
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The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday took a step toward paving the way for development of a mixed-use site along the Patapsco River, known as Inner Harbor West.

The board, which oversees Baltimore's major financial deals, approved a city Department of Transportation traffic study on the impact of the Inner Harbor West project. City law requires a traffic study be done before permits may be approved for projects.

"It's an important next step in moving forward," said Patrick Turner, president of Turner Development Group, in an interview. "It tells you what you have to do to the surrounding streets to make less of an impact."

The Turner Development Group, best known for developing several properties in Federal Hill and Locust Point, is heading the project in the Westport section of Baltimore City, which is just south of where Interstate 95 crosses the Patapsco.

Turner said road and infrastructure construction on the site is scheduled to begin next March.

The project has been in the works for several years, but was snagged after contaminants, including arsenic, chromium and mercury, were found in the ground on part of the property that was once home to the Carr-Lowrey Glass Co.

The site was accepted into Maryland's Voluntary Cleanup Program in July 2005. Turner said about half of the site is cleaned up, but asbestos is still being removed from an old building on the property.


So does anyone know what the plan is for that massive powerplant/transfer station in westport?

obv...i have no idea what it is, but, i don't think many million dollar condos are going to move with that eyesore so close.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 10:40 PM   #4525
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I literally had a lady here at work give me that line yesterday while justifying why she never had any desire to leave this area. Of course, when I told her I was excited about getting my world cup tix last summer, she didn't know what sport I was talking about. When I explained the world cup (of soccer) was the biggest sporting event in the world, she said (in a completely serious and offended tone, ..."NOT BIGGER THAN NASCAR!!!"
That is the aspect of Maryland's provincial culture that bugs me the most. It's not the undying love for Maryland or even the lack of a desire to leave the state that bothers me. It's the complete disgust of other cultures and places that many people here have. In all actuality though, I don't think there's a place in this world where people like that are not prevalent.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 10:50 PM   #4526
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So does anyone know what the plan is for that massive powerplant/transfer station in westport?

obv...i have no idea what it is, but, i don't think many million dollar condos are going to move with that eyesore so close.
Well, Turner's already converted a grain elevator into condos. Maybe the power plant will become the million dollar condos
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Old June 27th, 2007, 11:22 PM   #4527
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city paper on development

The city paper has a loooong article on Baltimore's master plan. Interesting read.

http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=13790
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Old June 28th, 2007, 12:14 AM   #4528
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Old June 28th, 2007, 12:16 AM   #4529
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I haven't posted in awhile, though I continue to be a loyal reader. But here's my .02 € on the fame of Baltimore in Europe. Over the two years now that I have lived and traveled in Europe, I'd say slightly more than half of those I've met claim to have heard of Baltimore, though they probably don't know where it is. But I got the feeling they really don't know where most of the cities in the US actually are. I tell them it's near DC, but other than knowing that DC is the capital of the US, I don't think most know where it is either. (I've gotten the feeling that, while many are familiar with place names, the geography of the US, especially the sheer size of the country, is largely a mystery to the Europeans I've met.)

Interestingly, back in 2001, I did meet a retired British gentleman who ran a B&B in Normandy, France, and who not only knew exactly where Baltimore was, but actually knew the words to the first stanza of Maryland My Maryland, with its call to "Avenge the patriotic gore,That flecked the streets of Baltimore"!

And though not about Baltimore, the story goes that, during WWII, while passing through Frederick, MD, on their way to Camp David (then known as Shangra-La), Winston Churchill recited for FDR the words to the poem "Barbara Fritchie" by John Greenleaf Whittier, in which Frederick is repeatedly mentioned.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 01:22 AM   #4530
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And though not about Baltimore, the story goes that, during WWII, while passing through Frederick, MD, on their way to Camp David (then known as Shangra-La), Winston Churchill recited for FDR the words to the poem "Barbara Fritchie" by John Greenleaf Whittier, in which Frederick is repeatedly mentioned.
"Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country's flag," she said.

That's all I remember!
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Old June 28th, 2007, 01:26 AM   #4531
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There was a speaker at an alumni funtion I attended with my parents who mentioned the Barbra Fritchie poem, and I think he was English. I guess John Greenleaf Wittier is popular over there? The Cozy restaurant in Thurmont has a lot of Camp David stuff and I think has hosted a good number of famous foreign dignitaries down from the mountain.

I was in Australia for a few months while in college, and watched an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street, so I think you're going to get some people overseas who know Baltimore from that show and possibly others like The Wire?

NASCAR my not strike you as international but a Columbian driver just won a race. (i'm only half serious about this one, but I started watching when Montoya made the switch--so NASCAR is more international that was even just a year ago.)
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Old June 28th, 2007, 05:48 AM   #4532
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That is the aspect of Maryland's provincial culture that bugs me the most. It's not the undying love for Maryland or even the lack of a desire to leave the state that bothers me. It's the complete disgust of other cultures and places that many people here have. In all actuality though, I don't think there's a place in this world where people like that are not prevalent.
Having come from a family that was partly from N Dakota and having spent time there as a kid, believe me, in comparison, Md is THE hotspot of enlightenment, the most cosmpolitan place west of Paris. Having multiple big cities nearby, lots of cultures, lots of things to do makes people have to work lots harder to be narrow minded. Spend a little time in a place where recreation consists of beer and cow tipping and where winters get below zero for many days at a time and this place will look pretty good.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 08:07 AM   #4533
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Having come from a family that was partly from N Dakota and having spent time there as a kid, believe me, in comparison, Md is THE hotspot of enlightenment, the most cosmpolitan place west of Paris. Having multiple big cities nearby, lots of cultures, lots of things to do makes people have to work lots harder to be narrow minded. Spend a little time in a place where recreation consists of beer and cow tipping and where winters get below zero for many days at a time and this place will look pretty good.

Ahhh... we come full circle. A hint of the north, a dash of the south. Add some crime, balance that with some glitz. Intertwine some good old provincialism with just the right amount of multiculturalism. Wrap that in a state known as "Little America' and there you have it... sweet, sweet Baltimore.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 02:34 PM   #4534
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So does anyone know what the plan is for that massive powerplant/transfer station in westport?

obv...i have no idea what it is, but, i don't think many million dollar condos are going to move with that eyesore so close.
The substation stays. It serves all of down town. The lines originate from the brandon shores plant down in northern anne arundel county on the water out near the city Landfill. the lines then go to another substation/booster station near the "intersection" of Annapolis road and 895. Then off to Westport.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 03:53 PM   #4535
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City Population Still Going South

This is a segment from today's Baltimore Sun. City population is still declining, but at a slower rate.



Baltimore's population continued to decline slightly, from 636,377 in 2005 to 631,366 last year, according to estimates. The city has lost 19,788 people since the 2000 census, about 3 percent of its population. But the figures confirm a trend that the city's decades-long population losses are slowing.

For the past two years, city leaders have challenged the annual figures - based on births, deaths, immigration and income tax returns - as being too low. In turn, the Census Bureau has revised the figures, adding several thousand to the 2004 and 2005 estimates.

Anthony McCarthy, a spokesman for Mayor Sheila Dixon, said the mayor will examine the latest figures closely and consider a similar challenge.
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So does anyone know what the plan is for that massive powerplant/transfer station in westport?

obv...i have no idea what it is, but, i don't think many million dollar condos are going to move with that eyesore so close.
The original plan was to re-use the power plant's front facade but those fell thru. The power plant is currently being demolished, they are pretty much working round the clock gutting it.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 05:40 PM   #4537
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I literally had a lady here at work give me that line yesterday while justifying why she never had any desire to leave this area. Of course, when I told her I was excited about getting my world cup tix last summer, she didn't know what sport I was talking about. When I explained the world cup (of soccer) was the biggest sporting event in the world, she said (in a completely serious and offended tone, ..."NOT BIGGER THAN NASCAR!!!"
I have always been interested in geography. I have asked this little quiz of lots of people, as you can see not exactly brain burners.

In order of % of people who get it right.

What ocean on is ocean city on?
What country is our northern neighbor?
How many states are there?

A scarily large amount of people just don't know.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 06:23 PM   #4538
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The Block

Two storefronts in the city's adult entertainment district, known as "the Block," on East Baltimore Street are being revamped as part of a city organization's effort to improve the area's look.

The two buildings, at 400 and 401 E. Baltimore St., are on the west end of the Block, at the intersection of Commerce and Baltimore streets. Both are part of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore's facade improvement program, which grants a store owner $10,000 and design assistance to spruce up entrances. The store has to match the grant with $10,000 of its own money.



"The project involving these two buildings is significant to improving the look and feel of that entire area," said Kirby Fowler, the Downtown Partnership's president. "Hopefully they'll send a new message for the future of the Block."

Fowler said the goal of the facade improvements in that area is to make its storefronts look similar to those of other retailers nearby. Fowler said the buildings, owned by Tom Sherwood of the Sherwood Family LP, are two of the most visible on the Block, particularly for workers at the Alex. Brown building at 1 South St. and residents who will live in condominiums at 414 Water St.

"The way the buildings used to look could not be described as conducive to a positive image of downtown," Fowler said.

Jill Fritz, who is the manager of the Triple T store at 400 E. Baltimore, said the building's owners are waiting to make changes to the facade until they see what structure the building has under wood paneling that was added on top of the original frame.

"Hopefully we can get this done quick," Fritz said. "I want it to look nice outside."

Sherwood -- who Fritz said owns between 70 and 80 adult entertainment stores throughout the country -- could not be reached for comment.



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Old June 28th, 2007, 06:35 PM   #4539
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"Hopefully we can get this done quick," Fritz said. "I want it to look nice outside."
Mmm-boy: that pig sher looks gud with its new lipstick!

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The original plan was to re-use the power plant's front facade but those fell thru. The power plant is currently being demolished, they are pretty much working round the clock gutting it.
Yes indeed. I thought they were asking about the spaghetti twist of power equipment to the west. That is nasty and I would not like to live next to it.
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