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.
October 13, 2013
In the 1950s, Americans regarded the suburbs as gateways to middle-class prosperity. Highways, the GI Bill and the Federal Housing Administration all helped fuel the growth of a new residential frontier for the Greatest Generation, and millions of Americans took advantage of the opportunity they represented to leave the cares of city life behind. But in the 60 years since then, the reality of suburban living has changed. The tree-lined developments with spacious lawns and a car (or two)
August 6, 2013
The construction time of this year's Grand Prix of Baltimore course has been reduced by 10 days, softening the effects on city traffic and downtown businesses, officials for the Labor Day weekend event announced Tuesday. General manager Tim Mayer said race organizers and city officials collaborated on a plan to close entire blocks at night and in the early morning, allowing workers to build the 12-turn, two-mile track from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on most days. This approach, instead of closing single lanes during higher-traffic periods, will shorten construction from 31 days to 21. "We didn't expect we'd be able to do that, but it was our goal to minimize the impact on the people of Baltimore," Mayer said Tuesday, when race officials held a ceremonial dropping of a jersey wall that will line the course.
July 15, 2013
To show potential home buyers that they have the chops to complete a top-flight rowhouse renovation, City Life Builders last week opened a rehab model home in East Baltimore. The two-story, red-brick home is on North Collington Avenue between Ashland Avenue and East Madison Street. You can't miss the lime green front door at the top of the white marble steps. "We've got this process down," said Anne Riggle, City Life's president. The firm has rehabbed scores of homes throughout Baltimore since the early 1980s and has also built several new home communities. This model home, blocks from Johns Hopkins Hospital, is intended to take their rehab business to the next level.