Fall is the most beautiful time of year in Baltimore. The air gets crisp, the sunsets are jewel-toned, the brightly-colored leaves seem to demand some peeping. Before you know it, though, those leaves will be gone and we’ll all be huddling in our parkas, dreaming of spring… so make sure to enjoy these gorgeous autumn days while they last. Here are three of my favorite Baltimore-centric ways to do so:
This summer the Mall in Columbia is welcoming four new retailers to its 70,000-square-foot open-air plaza, renovated and expanded in the fall of last year. Women’s clothing stores Anthropologie and Talbots will join Maggiano’s Little Italy and wine and grill bar Seasons 52 in laying down stakes at the Howard County shopping center.
These new openings are the second phase of the renovation at the Mall in Columbia, but they are only the beginning of the city’s three-decade plan to “develop 13 million square feet of retail, commercial, residential, hotel and cultural space.” Read More →
Obesity takes a toll on the body, but it also has an effect on the wider community, too: studies have shown that obese people miss more days of work, earn lower wages, and cost their employers more in terms of workman’s comp claims.
Even in Howard County, the healthiest county in the state, more than half the population falls into the “overweight” or “obese” range, as measured by the (somewhat controversial) BMI; issues related to obesity cost the county’s businesses more than $169 million per year, according to a new study by the Horizon Foundation.
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Baltimore’s such a complicated place. That’s true for a lot of reasons, but the newly-released census data tells a more simple story. Baltimore is poor, while all its surrounding counties are rich — quite rich, in fact.
In fact, six of the ten richest counties in the country are located in Maryland and Virginia, essentially in the DC suburbs. That’s a concentration of wealth that the Atlantic calls “truly astonishing.” Meanwhile, as James Briggs writes in the Baltimore Business Journal, “Baltimore looks like an island of poverty.”
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I don’t know about you, but when I first heard about the website Reddit I was like, “Huh? I don’t get it.” (Which was also my initial reaction to Twitter and Facebook; in hindsight, I should have taken my own bewilderment as proof that the thing was going to blow up.)
And now here it is owning the Internet: getting the most famous and interesting people on the planet to participate in uncensored Q-and-As, popularizing the world’s most crucial GIFs, and providing a venue for irresponsible, and incorrect, speculation about the identities of bombing suspects.
It may surprise you to learn that the site was co-founded by Columbia native and Howard High School alum Alexis Ohanian, the subject of a great profile by the Baltimore Sun.
Apparently, at graduation Ohanian imagined a future as a doctor, scientist, or lawyer. It was happenstance that led him to being included in the development of the website that has become “the front page of the Internet.” Read More →
The suddenly unemployed is Kevin P. Buker, recently a battalion chief with Howard County Fire & Rescue. Here’s what he posted to his Facebook timeline back in January (while working a 24-hour shift, no less):
“My aide had an outstanding idea …. Let’s kill someone with a liberal … then maybe we can get them outlawed too! Think of the satisfaction of beating a liberal with another liberal … its almost poetic….”
Actually, it’s happening everywhere. Soda companies have been accused of using Big Tobacco-like marketing tactics to misrepresent an unhealthy product, and unfairly targeting minors, for years. Wall Street bank Credit Suisse recently produced an anti-sugar video loaded with scary health statistics and emotional visuals. But the fight is getting fiercer, and Howard County-based Horizon Foundation has just rolled out a TV spot that skewers Coca-Cola.
Don’t tell Columbia that the age of brick-and-mortar shopping is over. It’s no use. The Mall in Columbia — catchy, huh? — is opening up 70,000-square-foot (30,000 redeveloped; 40,000 added) “open-air lifestyle center and streetscape” that will eventually host 15 to 20 new restaurateurs and retailers.
This is the kind of situation that doesn’t fit anyone’s birth plan. On Tuesday a woman gave birth on the side of Route 100 in Howard County while a 911 dispatcher gave instructions to the child’s father. After the birth, emergency workers showed up to cut the umbilical cord and delivery the new family to the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, which is where they were heading before they pulled over. Read More →
Some rankings are inherently more controversial than others. A list of the 10 Greatest Rock Albums presents a lot more to argue about than does a list of the 10 Tallest Basketball Players. Baltimore Business Journal‘s list of the Baltimore area’s 50 Wealthiest ZIP Codes is definitely in a category with the latter. There are no upsets. There can’t be. But man if it didn’t freak me out anyway.
Howard County, you are absolutely owning this list. Nine out of the top ten ZIP codes are yours. (The one non-Howard County locale — Phoenix — gets a blurb about John Waters’s Pink Flamingos being shot there. Jeez, way to class up the list, Baltimore County! Who let that guy in here, anyway?) Read More →
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