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Normals/Red Room Building Up for Auction

October 28, 2009
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Normals/Red Room Building Up for Auction

| Image by normals.com The building at the corner of 31st Street and Greenmount Avenue (3048 Greenmount Ave.) goes up for auction at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. This fact wouldn’t be particularly notable in this era of wholesale foreclosures except that the building houses venerable used bookstore/subcultural center Normals Books and Records and...
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FHA: Another Shoe Dropping

October 9, 2009
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The Federal Housing Administration’s boss is saying he’ll need no bailout, “absent any catastrophic home-price decline.” The New York Times is flashing red on this one, and it’s an entertaining read. U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.): A 7-plus percent FHA foreclosure rate is no bad thing: “I don’t think it’s a bad thing that...
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Do the Rewrite Thing

August 20, 2009
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I’m a horrible blogger. Horrible. And as a current journalist who, perhaps foolishly, harbors hopes and dreams of continuing to be a journalist in the future, I realize I’m not only way behind the blogging (and Twittering) curve, I’m also not properly embracing and/or wrapping my head around coming up with good right-now news...
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Bicycle is Closed

July 21, 2009
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When we got an e-mail from a friend saying that Bicycle in Federal Hill was closed, we were skeptical. It’s gone through changes over the years sure, but a South Baltimore without Bicycle seems unthinkable. Well, sure enough, when we called the number a message told us that Bicycle was closed indefinitely. As usual,...
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Without a Scorecard

June 17, 2009
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Without a Scorecard

“The Technology” | Image by EDE Baltimore’s city budget passed Monday after two City Council meetings, a meeting of the Board of Estimates, and a committee meeting in a side room. The council voting-contentious and surprising at one key point-was so fast and furious that even with a score card it was hard to...
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Market Report

May 28, 2009
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After weekends of being away from Baltimore, I finally made it to the 32nd Street Farmers’ Market in Waverly this weekend and am pleased to report bundles of Maryland asparagus and rhubarb at several tables. And come Saturday, May 30, at least a few vendors, including Reid’s Orchards, expect to have local, home-grown strawberries....
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Putting Two and Two Together

May 1, 2009
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In recent weeks the stock market has rallied–it’s up another fraction of a percent today–despite what would appear to be some sobering realities. Chrysler declared bankruptcy yesterday (President Obama says the multi-billion dollar company will go through this quickly; has he ever even read a bankruptcy filing? Even the puny little million-dollar cases I’ve...
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Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Scrambling to Make Plans in Wake of Massive Sun Layoffs

April 30, 2009
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On Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m., the dust is still not settled in The Baltimore Sun newsroom. The day after the Tribune company laid off nearly one third of the paper’s editorial staff–including upper-level editors, photographers, designers, and copy editors–Angie Kuhl, the Sun‘s unit chairwoman for the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, says the staff is...
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Who Got The Haircut?

March 27, 2009
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Who Got The Haircut?

Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore) sent a letter yesterday to the inspector general for the TARP program, asking what could be a relevant question about the bailout of AIG: Who is watching out for the taxpayers? The letter, signed by 26 other representatives, received coverage in the New York Times this morning along with a...
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The Senator Closes

March 16, 2009
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The Senator Closes

| Image by senator.com In the past several years, my wife and I went to movies at the Senator Theatre probably more than any other local cinema. Not that we don’t love the Charles Theatre and its programming, but the Senator is an easy walk from our house, and tended to play the kind...
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TARP-pay Diem!

February 2, 2009
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The New York Times finally caught on today, publishing this pretty good story about the perils of bailing out Level 3 assets held by profligate banks. To recap our saga: Back in September, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson rolled out the Troubled Assets Relief Program, fondly known as TARP, and told congress that the $700...
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A Hopeful, Outside Perspective Of Bicycling In Baltimore

January 29, 2009
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A Hopeful, Outside Perspective Of Bicycling In Baltimore

We were forwarded an interesting piece this morning from the BikePortland.org blog–a media heavy in an amazingly bike-positive locale–that’s very impressed with the direction bicycling in our fair city is taking these days. The piece raises the possibility that Baltimore might become the “next big bike city” and touts such improvements as repurposing parking...
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