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By Kirby Fowler | January 15, 2010
D owntown Baltimore has entered the new decade from a remarkable position of strength, in spite of the recessionary drag on the economy in 2009. Approximately 113,000 people work in downtown Baltimore, 16th in the country for job density. Downtown's primacy as a business center was further solidified by the recent decision of the accounting firm RSM McGladrey to relocate 300 employees to the city from the suburbs. Downtown's residential population of more than 40,000 ranks us seventh in the country, ahead of other dynamic downtowns in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Portland and Washington, D.C. And there were more than $4 billion worth of downtown projects under way in 2009.
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
A lucky patron of Holiday Food Mart on Holliday Street in downtown Baltimore won a $1 million Powerball ticket after matching all five balls on Wednesday night's drawing, Maryland lottery officials said. The ticket, which matched five balls but not the red Powerball number, is the 12th $1 million Powerball prize sold in Maryland this year. The winning numbers were 1, 4, 18, 20 and 45, with a Powerball of 7. The Powerball jackpot is currently estimated at $60 million. cwells@baltsun.com twitter.com/cwellssun
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NEWS
January 30, 2012
As someone with a vested interest in the health and prosperity of downtown Baltimore and the west side of downtown in particular, I appreciate that Exelon Corp.is committed to maintaining Constellation Energy Group's employment presence in Baltimore, and perhaps even increasing it. I do hope Exelon will choose to keep its offices in the core business district of downtown where, as Kirby Fowler points out in his recent commentary ("Exelon's place downtown,"...
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Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
A man working inside a rowhouse near Camden Yards was trapped under tons of debris for several hours Monday after the back of the building collapsed, Baltimore fire officials said. Rescue workers pulled the victim — who suffered life-threatening injuries — from the home at 528 S. Paca St. about 4:30 p.m. The building collapsed about noon, but crews spent hours attempting to secure the structure. During the rescue, officials shut down a portion of Russell Street, snarling traffic south of downtown.
NEWS
May 27, 2012
Ironic that the very day that Dan Rodricks attacks Pat McDonough for his candid and truthful assessment of gang crime downtown ("Conflicting realities collide downtown," May 24), The Sun buries on page 4 the attack by 20-30 "unruly" teens at the 7-Eleven at Light and Pratt streets - the heart of the Inner Harbor in the middle of a workday! Say what you want, Mr. Rodricks, but facts are facts, and Baltimore is not typical of other cities. You want to feel secure walking around town?
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By Julie Scharper and Peter Hermann | February 21, 2010
A security guard working an overnight shift at the Bank of America building in downtown Baltimore was shot and killed early Saturday when police said he tried to quell a dispute over a woman that erupted between a friend and several other men who had just left a nightclub. Police identified the guard as James Ball, 38. He had worked for Wackenhut, a private security company hired by the building's owners. He died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after being shot twice, at least once in the chest, according to police.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker | May 4, 2011
Downton Towson has had trouble keeping retail in recent years, but a new tenant is giving hope of a shopping resurgence. Trendy clothing and knick knack store Urban Outfitters is moving to York Road in the old space once occupied by Hudson Trail Outfitters. The store is slated to open in time for the holiday shopping season. It will be the second store in the area. There is also a location in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  Headquartered in Philadelphia, Urban Outfitters targets “urban-minded" young people - aged 18 to 30-years-old.  The retailer is known for its "kitschy tee-shirts and accessories.” Urban Outfitters will spend $2 million to renovate the building in Towson.   “We expect its arrival to this location to elicit an extremely positive and profound effect, as complementary retail uses will want to take advantage of its widespread popularity and destination-store appeal," said Ryan Wilner, a principal with KLNB Retail, which brokered the deal.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Isaac Hametz doesn't identify as an Orthodox Jew, and neither do many of the Jewish people living in downtown. But the 30-year-old was enlisted by the leader of Lloyd Street's B'nai Israel congregation for a singularly Orthodox quest: Determine how to create a downtown eruv, a ritual zone typically marked by wire or string that makes possible certain activities otherwise forbidden on the Sabbath. Rabbi Etan Mintz, who joined B'nai Israel in August 2012, said an eruv is critical to helping the 140-year-old congregation attract and retain families, and ultimately re-establish itself as the center of a thriving downtown Jewish community.
BUSINESS
Jay Hancock | February 1, 2012
Granted, the announced move of Constellation Energy/Exelon's new Baltimore headquarters around the Inner Harbor's northeast corner is not a quantum jump. Constellation's present location at 750 E.Pratt St. is already on the edge of downtown, furnishing walk-up patrons for restaurants in Little Italy and other eastern neighborhoods. The new HQ will be less than a mile away. But it will pull more energy from the downtown core and shift the balance of activity further eastward. Downtown landlords, who have lost tenants in the economic downturn, were already concerned about the planned redevelopment of State Center in midtown Baltimore, on their northern flank.
EXPLORE
December 29, 2012
Columbia Association is committed to serving every segment of the Columbia community, as it has for the past 40-plus years with its three award-winning fitness facilities, its indoor and outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor tennis facilities, golf courses, Columbia Ice Rink, and Columbia SportsPark/SkatePark. CA will continue to serve the entire health and fitness community, and as part of that commitment will expand its offerings with a new club overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi in the former Rouse Company headquarters downtown.
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Jessica Anderson and Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
As Baltimore's mayor on Wednesday consoled the family of a hospital worker used as a human shield during a gang shooting downtown, elected officials and community activists called on the city to do more to combat gang violence. The killing of Brandon Finney, a 25-year-old Maryland Shock Trauma Center technician, has rattled the city. He was waiting to catch a bus home after working a night shift Sunday when, police say, members of the Black Guerrilla Family targeted a rival Bloods member, who pulled Finney in front of him. Both died.
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By Allison Pendell Jones | September 22, 2014
Big changes are afoot in city and state government, changes that could affect Baltimore's families for a long time to come. Parents who want strong schools, safe streets, green spaces and walkable neighborhoods need to step up and make their voices heard so we don't lose momentum in the effort to make Baltimore a more family-friendly city. On Tuesday, a committee selected by Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young will interview candidates for the City Council seat vacated by Bill Cole, who recently resigned to lead the Baltimore Development Corporation.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
The latest in a series of traffic-jamming construction projects on Light Street in the heart of downtown Baltimore will begin Sunday, as crews for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. close two of the road's five southbound lanes. The work near the McKeldin Fountain and the Inner Harbor will occur from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday through late October; work will at times extend into a third lane as crews replace a stretch of 36-inch-diameter gas main pipe that runs beneath the busy thoroughfare.
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By Tyler Waldman | September 17, 2014
Baltimore County has listened to "spokes-persons" who pushed for designated bicycle routes in and around Towson, and on Wednesday county officials and bicyclists celebrated the opening of a 4.23-mile Bike Beltway. Cyclists joined County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for an inaugural trip around the network, which loops around central Towson, passing Towson's shopping district, government center, two universities, Towson High School and numerous residential neighborhoods. "Towson is dense enough, it's walkable enough that you shouldn't have to drive from [Towson]
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
The state has awarded more than $2 million in grants to improve bike paths across Maryland, including more than $80,000 to better connect West Baltimore with downtown. The new funding for the state's Bikeways Program was announced Friday by the Maryland Department of Transportation, which administers the program aimed at encouraging biking to work, school and other activities. "Establishing a modern transportation system is more than building roadways, runways and railways," Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement.
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By Mark Puente, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
Usually awash with Orioles and Ravens fans, South Paca Street became a sea of scarlet and gray Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of Ohio State University fans filled Pickles Pub, Sliders Bar & Grille and The Bullpen to celebrate after the fifth-ranked Buckeyes beat the Navy Midshipmen at M&T Bank Stadium. Many of the 57,579 fans who left the stadium about 3:30 p.m. headed to bars as others tossed footballs and drank cold drinks in the parking lots. Hundreds of others streamed toward the newly opened Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | January 3, 2014
The Howard County Planning Board approved plans Thursday night to build a nine-story development containing office space, retail and 160 rental apartments near the downtown Columbia lakefront. The development, to be known as Little Patuxent Square, is located off of Little Patuxent Parkway on Wincopin Circle and will be built by Costello Construction. "It's a huge step for downtown Columbia," said David Costello, owner of Costello Construction. Costello estimates the project will begin construction in mid-March and could be completed as early as January 2016.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2012
Baltimore police are investigating an early morning stabbing Monday in the middle of downtown. An unidentified man was stabbed in the back at 5:15 a.m. at E. Baltimore St. near Grant Street, an alley-like crossing just south of the William Donald Schaefer Tower. Police did not immediately say what called them to the area. The victim was taken to an area hospital, though investigators did not release his condition. mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Baltimore officials plan to divert $3 million in anticipated casino revenue that had been earmarked for community improvements to replace a major artery in the city's underground steam pipe system. The proposal has drawn criticism from local elected officials and community leaders who say it is a misuse of the funds to be generated by the new Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. They want the money to be used for neighborhood-oriented projects, such as walking trails or efforts to connect unemployed residents with jobs.
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