Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lots of Development News Out There

Red Line gets Federal permission to move to Preliminary Engineering. This process will take about 2 years.

16-story apartment tower pitched for the empty lot which at 1 Light Street.

114 E. Lexington Street, the former Provident Bank building and before that the Baltimore Branch of the Federal Reserve is sought to be redeveloped into apartments.

Meanwhile the new UB Law School is growing up. The new JHU Grad Student Tower in East Baltimore is completely topped off, and work has begun on the new Varsity at UB.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

That's About Right

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-dirtiest-cities/7

So, we're not at the top of the list, but still pretty close. I believe it, so what do we do about it? We sometimes forget that Baltimore is more than just the neighborhoods that surround the Harbor, and that there are swaths of this city covered in blowing litter. Maybe this should be a priority of the city? That, and putting recycling bins next to each and every trash can in the downtown area. It's 2011, how can this city not do that?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

MTA Gripe #(Insert Obnoxiously High Number Here)

Has anyone else noticed that the Metro Subway signs are being replaced? The new triangular signs are taller, more visible, and have two illuminated "M"s on two sides and the station name in large letters on the 3rd. I noticed the first at Shot Tower (they omit Market-Place on the new sign) and then a couple weeks later at Charles Center.

The Maryland Daily Record had a piece yesterday describing how the MTA is spending $500k to replace all of the signs along the entire route to make the system more "user-friendly". If you have been down in many of the stations you will also notice that platforms are being updated with new AV displays. Many stations already have smaller signs that denote the time and announce when the next train will arrive.

All of this sounds really good, so why am I complaining? You see readers, all of this news has come from observations and from other news sources. Not one thing has been posted or released by the Maryland Transit Administration on their website, email, or posted on their social media pages. What gives? How about photos, maybe a press release on the timeline for the project, or details about what to expect?

How is the MTA supposed to make their system more user-friendly, when they don't let their users know about changes or updates to the physical or aesthetics of the system? As a frequent rider of the metro, I've noticed these changes, but what about occasional riders or potential riders? Seriously, MTA, if you're going to have a Facebook page, use it to its furthest extent.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Great News for the West Side

Everyman Theatre starts its construction. The Baltimore Sun has a small piece on the groundbreaking ceremony, while the Baltimore Business Journal has some pictures of the groundbreaking.

Construction and renovation is expected to last through next summer with Everyman Theatre opening their 2012-2013 season in their new space.

Even with the stagnant Superblock, this is a big addition to the West Side of downtown.