M.J. “Jay” Brodie – President of the Baltimore Development Corp
Kirby Fowler – President of the Downtown Partnership
This November, AIA Baltimore welcomes Kirby Fowler – President of the Downtown Partnership and M.J. “Jay” Brodie – President of the Baltimore Development Corporation, to discuss their vision for the future of Baltimore, Baltimore’s position with respects to development and construction in the current economy, preparations for growth of population in the region related to BRAC, and opportunities for Architects, Engineers, and Contractors in the Baltimore Area.
The lecture will take place at 6:00 PM on November 10th, 2009 at The Engineers Club in Baltimore – 11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore MD 21201
A reception precedes the lecture at 5:30 P.M. with light food and refreshments provided.
Tickets are $10.00 for AIA Members and $15.00 for non-members.
Advance ticket purchases are recommended as capacity is limited.
Diablita Cantina recently opened on the corner of Central Ave and Bank Street just north of Harbor East. They serve Mexican food in a bit more of an upscale atmosphere than your typical corner joint. I was able to make it over there for dinner tonight. I was pleasantly surprised by the $5.00 margarita special on Thursday nights…they are typically around 9 bucks. I had the chile margarita, which was made with chili infused tequila and had just the right amount of spice to add a good kick to it. For my meal, I had the habanero shrimp fajitas (around 14 bucks) which was delicious. Be careful, it’s a bit spicy. The space is remarkably like Red Star in Fells Point and it has the same owners (so that makes sense) and looks like it would be a cool place to hang out for drinks if not getting a meal. Definitely recommend.
You may have heard in the news lately about Mayor Sheila Dixon’s desire to bring professional soccer to Baltimore. Which leaves me wondering does Baltimore need, or want, a soccer team? Some would argue no, while others would point to the recent exhibition between European super-clubs A.C. Milan and Chelsea that drew 71,000 fans at M&T Bank Stadium.
There are actually two separate possibilities for professional teams moving into the city. Dixon has been pitching to move the MLS’s D.C. United to Baltimore. Would they be renamed the Baltimore United? Or D.C. United at Camden Yards? In addition to the efforts for D.C. United, a Baltimore based group is in negotiations to bring the development team Crystal Palace to the Carroll Camden Industrial Area near M&T Bank. In that scenario they would build a 7,000 seat stadium sometime in the next 3-5 years. Crystal Palace currently plays home games at UMBC.
The D.C. United news could end up sabotaging the plans to bring the minor league team to town. Surely Baltimore officials wouldn’t try to bring both teams to the city. Right? According to the Baltimore Business Journal the minor league stadium is projected to cost $25 million. It is not clear who would be paying the bill. I haven’t seen any cost projections to build the 17,000- to 20,000 seat stadium that the D.C. united would likely require, but it obviously wouldn’t be cheap.
The question of whether either of these scenarios is good for Baltimore, obviously comes down in large part to cost. How much of the bill will tax payers be responsible for? Certainly bringing an additional professional sports team to Baltimore has its benefits. Placing a stadium along the existing corridor with M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards would further strengthen the city’s draw as a “sports town.” And a lot of people in Baltimore would love an opportunity to take anything away from D.C.
Personally I think soccer is pretty boring. Get rid of the offsides rule, and all the fake injuries and acting, and I’d be more likely to watch it occasionally (I do watch some during the Olympics or World Cup). But nobody cares what I think. There is certainly an increased interest in soccer in this country – due in part to the changing demographics, and also through a lot of good marketing efforts. It only makes sense for the sport to be popular. It’s probably the most widely played youth sport in the country. But for some reason most people don’t make the jump from being a player to a fan; I didn’t.
It will be interesting to see how it plays out. But it’s hard to imagine D.C. United leaving the Capital Beltway area. The team has had great success and a devoted following in D.C. The area’s internationally diverse demographics helped the team quickly establish a loyal following of lifelong soccer fans.
The Baltimore Sun recently held a contest for the “Best Blogs in Baltimore”. Thanks to those of you that nominated us! Sadly, I wasn’t able to add a link on this site before the contest was over, so we didn’t rank impressively high. But the nomination is kudos enough for me. Thank You!
One of the things that struck me was just how many blogs this city has! This is one of the most comprehensive lists of Baltimore blogs I think I’ve seen. So for your blogging pleasure: http://data.baltimoresun.com/mobbies/
Baltimore ranked a respectable 10th out of 55 for “smartest cities in America” according to The Daily Beast. Although the study measures metropolitan areas, undoubtedly, Baltimore City’s higher education establishments, hospitals, and bio-tech industries contributed greatly to the ranking. The first, second, and third smartest cities in the nation were Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, and Boston. Follow the link below to see the full report:
In celebration of the Orioles current 2 game winning streak – snapping their previous 13 game loosing streak – I’m posting these videos in celebration. To me, this guy was always the best part of O’s games. Anyone know if he’s still working at Camden Yards? I know he had a brief stint at Power Plant Live (back in its heyday 8 years ago) shaking up mixed drinks.