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Beans and Bread Delayed Again

June 23, 2011
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Beans and Bread Delayed Again

A long-planned expansion of a homeless services center in Upper Fells Point was delayed again on June 22 after a zoning appeal. Neighbors of Beans and Bread, who have fought a planned 7,000-square-foot expansion for years, objected to revised plans that added nearly 500 square feet of additional space to the project after city...
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Mum’s the Word on New Remington Development

January 8, 2010
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The community has no comment. This was the message—at least for reporters—at a Thursday, Jan. 7 meeting of the Greater Remington Improvement Association on a big-box retail development proposed at 25th and Howard streets. Developer Rick Walker, CEO of Detroit-based Walker Developments Inc., wants to erect a $65 million shopping and housing complex in...
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Demolition Plan Name-checks Baltimore

June 17, 2009
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A London Telegraph story reposted to Alternet claims Baltimore is on a list of 50 U.S. cities that may be radically culled through massive demolition of abandoned housing. The idea seems to be the brainchild of Flint, Mich. treasurer Dan Kildee, who is said to be knocking down whole neighborhoods in the interest of...
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PPCDC Press Release on Chapter 11 Filing

February 18, 2009
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Shortly after we posted about the Patterson Park Community Development Corp.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, we received the official press release from the organization announcing its move. According to the release, the PPCDC was forced to file for Chapter 11 due to “continuing adverse conditions affecting the economy” and because Bradford Bank, which holds...
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Victim Mentality

July 30, 2008
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The Sun‘s front page today is dominated by a photograph of a foreclosure “victim.” Veronica Peterson is about to be thrown out of a home she bought in November 2006 with two loans totaling $545,000. The story is about the mortgage bailout plan signed this morning by President Bush, but the new rules–which will...
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OK, So The Mayor Had an Affair–But Who’s That Other Guy?

July 11, 2008
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The headline was a lackluster “Dixon Gifts Probed,” but it could have as well read, “Dixon Admits Affair With City Contractor.” The Sun‘s exclusive-with excerpts from a 46-page affidavit in support of search warrants-put some meat on the bones of a story the paper broke two years ago, when it first noticed that Dixon,...
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$300,000 Rowhouse Collapses in Upper Fells

June 13, 2008
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Daniele Ard says he was working in the bathroom of his three-story rowhouse at 1715 Gough St. when it collapsed. “I just walked out to get my Gatorade,” he says. “And I felt a whoosh of wind. I heard a big boom and a gust of air. I was like, ‘What the hell was...
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Another Dubious Distinction for Baltimore

April 28, 2008
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Forbes has honored Baltimore by putting it on its Top Ten List of worst housing markets, as measured by inventory overhang and rate of sales. Tip of the blog hat to Baltimore Housing Bubble whose commenters wonder why Detroit and Las Vegas, two undisputed real estate basket cases, failed to make the list.
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This Land Is BDC’s Land

January 18, 2008
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Today the Baltimore Business Journal reported that the Baltimore Development Corp.—the city’s quasi-public economic development engine—wants to use eminent domain to take 40 acres of South Baltimore land for redevelopment. No matter that several prosperous companies, including Allied Waste and Schuster Concrete Co., are operating in the project area, which the BBJ reports as...
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