April 16, 2012
Motorists making their way downtown Monday through either a narrowed Jones Falls Expressway or crowded city streets may have felt a pang of envy as they watched walkers and cyclists easily outpacing them. Reports varied on Monday's morning commute — the first rush hour since transportation officials closed two lanes of the JFX for two months — but the consensus appeared to be: Whatever route you take, you're going to need more time. Among the observations: •A seven-mile trip down North Charles Street starting at Bellona Avenue took 90 minutes.
March 23, 2012
I keep an old photograph of a thriving North Avenue taped to my desk. The largest sign projecting over the sidewalk is that of the Parkway Theatre. But for more than 30 years now, the movie theater has been closed and hasn't been doing what it should be — entertaining Baltimoreans. The Parkway needs to flourish again, and the city, through its redevelopment arm, is offering it for sale. Opening it up and bringing it to a usable, safe standard will not be cheap, but it will be worth the investment.
November 15, 2011
There are a couple things that make my daily commute a little worse. The first is what I call "ramp riders," motorists who take an exit ramp not to exit, but to bypass slower traffic by continuing onto the on-ramp to merge into traffic ahead of where they were when they exited. This is especially prevalent on Maryland Route 32 at U.S. Route 1 in the afternoons in the northbound directions. It's gotten worse in the last couple years with the influx of workers to the Fort Meade area. This also occurs in the afternoon on Route 95 North at Calverton (Route 212)
June 8, 2011
I am not entirely unsympathetic to homeowners who live on South Rolling Road. I know, all too well, the frustrations of living on a major roadway. I live on Old Frederick Road, which also receives a lot of traffic — most of it well over the posted speed limit. I can't park at the curb in front of my own home; parking there is legal, but not wise. My last car was totaled on a beautiful Sunday afternoon during the spring by a young, distracted driver. Mine was not the first car to be hit while parked there.
September 29, 2010
On pages 4 and 6 of Wednesday's paper there were two stories about cars hitting kids on bicycles ("2 young bicyclists struck in separate Balto Co. incidents" and "Driver gets six month term in death of teen on bicycle," Sept. 29). Were they wearing helmets? Reporting on whether they were or were not wearing helmets might prompt more people to think about wearing one themselves when they ride. Most people I see riding their bikes up and down York Road south of Towson do not wear helmets.
December 7, 2008
Boy, 11, missing; failed to return from school An 11-year-old boy was reported missing after he did not return home after leaving Golden Ring Middle School on Friday, Baltimore County police said. Mezcal Donta Davis of the 6000 block of Nahant Road in Rosedale is black with a medium complexion, brown eyes and shoulder-length brown hair. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and tan pants. He stands 4 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds. Anyone with information about the boy is asked to call police at 410-887-5000.