June 9, 2014
Buying a house is a stressful experience on its own, but a couple moving to Baltimore will soon experience America watching their journey. The Baltimore Business Journal reported that on Wednesday, HGTV's uber-popular real estate show “House Hunters” will feature an episode of a Pennsylvania-based couple, Julian Morales and his fiancee, Lacy Conant, buying a home in Baltimore. Ryan Sebeck, a Realtor at the Fells Point office of RE/Max Preferred was the couple's tour guide this past February around Canton, Fells Point and Highlandtown.
April 17, 2014
In a precursor to summer, Maryland Public Television will take beach lovers on a behind-the-scenes tour of Ocean City with its new documentary “Downee Ocean, Hon!” The one-hour program premieres April 21 at 9 p.m. during the station's Chesapeake Bay Week. “Downee Ocean, Hon” peeks into Ocean City's rich family traditions and town history. From the sunset on the bay and salt water taffy to the small town's vivid nightlife, the documentary captures it all. “We count a lot of different small stories," says Mike English, producer of "Downee Ocean, Hon. " "We look at life on the boardwalk, we look at beach life, we look at some of the interesting characters that ocean city is known for…what we're trying to do is strike a chord with our viewers.” English says he was inspired by the beach town's memories and reputation as a family fun spot.
April 15, 2014
The grand news that Questar Properties wants to build a landmark 43-story apartment building on the site of the old McCormick spice plant near the Inner Harbor must strike some long-timers as shocking. I'm thinking particularly of suburban cynics who seem to take twisted glee in Baltimore's flaws, starting with its reputation for violent crime. They mock and dismiss as fantastical Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's goal of adding 10,000 new families to the city by 2022. Or perhaps I assume the plan for auld McCormick's would elicit shock because of our chronically low expectations.
January 15, 2014
My elation quickly soured as I read commentator Eileen Pollock's assessment of life in Baltimore following her return to the city after years of living in Manhattan ( "Baltimore is no New York," Jan. 13). I agree that we desperately need more public transportation options and that drivers are oblivious to pedestrians. But her claims of people being afraid to go out at night are greatly exaggerated. If that were the case, the symphony, the downtown restaurants and most other night life would be shuttered and the streets empty.
November 19, 2013
The opposition to a $13.7 million housing development for low-income families in eastern Baltimore County, and to the county's acceptance of state funds to help pay for it, wouldn't sound so predictably obtuse, shortsighted and mean if we were in the year 1973 instead of 2013. In 1973, the argument against the development of low-income homes, like the successful argument against building public housing, reflected the racism, classism and escapism of the times. Baltimore County was growing; it was filling up with white middle-class families, many of whom had abandoned city life.
November 15, 2013
When Peter Angelos closed Marconi's Restaurant in 2005, it was a dual blow to not only a beloved Baltimore dining tradition but to one of the great pleasures of city life ( "The new old Marconi's salad at Capital Grille doesn't disappoint," Nov. 13). The delight and satisfaction of a meal at Marconi's - complete with its unique salad, lobster cardinal and vanilla ice cream topped with an inimitable chocolate sauce - had no equal. I will gratefully try the Capital Grill for a near-reincarnation of Marconi's salad, but I will still miss the rest of the dinner.