September 22, 2001
After days of looking at pictures of the beleaguered New York skyline, I decided I'd had enough. On a spectacularly clear fall afternoon, I took off for our own harbor and gazed across the Patapsco River. It was a calming, inspiring experience. My guide for this little Sunday afternoon excursion was my father, who suggested that we get out of the house, leave Charles Village, take in a few new sights, maybe have lunch. One of the maddening delights of old Baltimore is that you'd better know the place well or you'll never find the greatest stories the city has to offer.
January 27, 2002
NEW YORK -- Gol Berna Ozcan, a Turkish woman visiting from London, walked through the museum gallery to a painting of Manhattan in profile, then leaned forward and stared intently. "It looks like a beautiful piece of jewelry," she said, her brow knitted. "It's almost a mystical feeling to see the skyline." Just then, her son, Avram, 5, ran up and declared proudly, "I went up the World Trade Center when I was a baby!" If Avram and his mother are any indication, the reverence accorded the city's skyline has only heightened with the destruction of its crown, the twin towers.
February 17, 2006
A glass skyscraper soaring 59 stories and 717 feet would become Baltimore's tallest building, with a distinctive, slender shape that would dominate the city's skyline, under a concept approved yesterday by the city's design panel. The tower would rise in the shape of a parallelogram on Light Street between the Hyatt Regency and Harbor Court hotels. It would contain luxury condominiums and a boutique hotel atop street-level shops, restaurants and parking. It would be nearly 200 feet higher than the Legg Mason Building at 100 Light St., now the city's tallest.
May 4, 2008
The skyline of Baltimore is changing yet again. And whether your vantage point is Camden Yards, Federal Hill or Little Italy, not everyone is pleased with the view. A drive along Key Highway nowadays has the claustrophobic feel of a concrete canyon, the facades of new waterfront residences walling off the harbor. From Little Italy, the eye stumbles over a collection of apartment towers en route to the water. Then there's the constricted view from Camden Yards, a field of vision compromised by the imposing new convention center hotel.
December 13, 2000
A start-up insurance company that promises to offer more affordable insurance policies to city residents and small businesses will announce today that it plans to begin operations in mid-summer of 2001. American Skyline Insurance Co., with headquarters at 14 Light St. in Baltimore, will offer standard personal and commercial insurance coverage to customers in Baltimore and Washington, including policies for automobile owners, homeowners and small business owners, said the company's chief executive officer, Earnest E. Hines.
January 20, 2005
American Skyline Insurance Co., launched four years ago with exuberant backing from Baltimore leaders concerned that high auto insurance premiums were driving residents from the city, has been halted by state regulators from taking additional policies because of financial problems. The order from the Maryland Insurance Administration forbids American Skyline from renewing current policies when they expire. It remains in effect until the company can prove it is financially solvent. The state insurance commissioner said the company couldn't support its operating costs after losing $27 million in roughly three years and the loss of its lead investor.