February 15, 2013
When the first customers enter Under Armour's new Brand House in Harbor East Saturday morning, they'll have little choice but to think "Baltimore. " The shirts displayed at the front of the store promote Baltimore neighborhoods such as Fells Point and Canton and sport iconic symbols like Mr. Boh. Banners next to the main entrance honor NFL great Ray Lewis and the Ravens. Swimmer Michael Phelps adorns the side of the building facing the water. Inside, there are vintage-style shirts with crabs and others showing the outline of a Raven image with famous city streets and places spelled within.
February 5, 2013
The title of Jenny Black's recent commentary on women's right to choose was itself an oxymoron ("Keep abortion safe, legal," Jan. 27). What kind of a person can have such a callous disregard for human life that they would even dare to speak of keeping abortion safe? Abortion is not nor will it ever be safe. At least one person dies with every abortion. How can an act whose sole purpose is to cut off a human life in its mother's womb be called safe? Science has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that human life begins at conception.
February 4, 2013
It appears that much of the skepticism with the Symphony Woods Inner Arbor plan, brought to light by Columbia resident Michael McCall and introduced by CA, is more about process and hurt feelings than the actual plan. Utilizing a theme creatively embracing the arts, the Inner Arbor plan is a big concept in a town where development is based on careful small steps often kept in check by a vocal minority. While issues may be within some facets of the new plan as currently envisioned, the largeness of the concept has created the conversation needed. Much of that opinion however appears to be about the process, CA and prior plans instead of this plan's potential to help invigorate a downtown currently ill-defined by a large mall and a sleepy lakefront. One has to wonder how this plan would be received if it were championed and submitted by another organization. Is much of the gnashing of teeth more to do with opinions of CA and the process?
January 29, 2013
The debate over the redevelopment of downtown Columbia has often focused on how to best utilize Symphony Woods, the park setting that includes Merriweather Post Pavilion and, even more importantly to many, some of the oldest trees in the Columbia downtown. To some, including County Executive Ken Ulman just this past week, this parcel represents the "centerpiece and lynchpin" for downtown Columbia's future development. With such great expectations for the property, there has been a great deal of debate on how to use the land.
December 24, 2012
Call it manifest restaurant destiny. In 2012, Baltimore-based restaurateurs set about expanding their empires, or at least their brands. Clementine opened a second location in the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown, the team behind Langermann's in Canton opened a second location in South Baltimore, and the owners of Mo's opened a new restaurant in Towson, in the old Hersh's Orchard Inn. And, in December, a version of Baltimore's estimable Prime...
November 2, 2012
Beginning next season, a change could be coming to the structure of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's playoffs. The MPSSAA's classification committee met Thursday to verify class groupings and recommend region alignments for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, the organization announced in a news release. The biggest difference in the proposed regions for the next two school years is the introduction of sections for all regions in the MPSSAA playoffs.