Politics & Business

Office Space: A Pictorial Tour of Hord Coplan Macht


Courtesy of Citybizlist – Citybizlist is excited to continue its Pictorial Tour feature, in which we spotlight a local company’s office in pictures, with Baltimore design firm Hord Coplan Macht.

Hord Coplan Macht’s office was designed to foster creativity and collaboration. They were the first tenant in the 18-story office tower located at 750 East Pratt Street when the building opened in 2005. Prior to that, the firm was located next door in the Candler Building. Hord Coplan Macht has been based in Baltimore City since it was founded in 1977, and has recently added an office in Alexandria, VA.

Architects Ed Hord and Lee Coplan along with landscape architect Carol Macht formed Hord Coplan Macht to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to design.

Some of the firm’s projects include Dorchester Career and Technology and Coppin State University Physical (click here); the Children’s Hospital at Sinai and the Brain & Spine Institute at LifeBridge (here); and Hopkins Plaza and Loyola University of Maryland (here).

Without further ado, enjoy the digital tour through Hord Coplan Macht’s office.

Visitors are greeted by a gallery of HCM’s portfolio

Reception desk at Hord Coplan Macht
Casual seating in the elevator lobby
CEO Lee Coplan’s office, with views of Federal Hill and beyond
The main conference room overlooks the Inner Harbor


See the rest of the pictures at Citybizlist

The Never-Ending Tax Debate Rages on in Annapolis


The tax proposal expected to be taken up by the General Assembly in their special session today would generate $247 million in revenue to stave off the “doomsday” budget which would otherwise take effect. It would do so by raising state taxes on high-income earners. According to The Baltimore Sun, the tax hike will amount to an extra $254 in taxes for families earning over $175,000, and an extra $3,269 for those earning over $1.1 million.

Unsurprisingly, this potential tax increase is a catalyst for outrage, as well as outrage at that outrage. Some are saying that the rich shouldn’t be afraid to shoulder a little extra tax burden to preserve education and vital services in these difficult times; others say this tax increase would only be the latest of several that will eventually push the affluent individuals and business out of Maryland. I’ll let you guess who’s who.

Now, it would be hard to convince me that $1.1 million in gross income isn’t plenty of money (that .1 alone is worth $100,000!), even after you apply the hefty taxes you’d be paying if your accountant couldn’t come up with ways to avoid them. But whatever side of this issue you land on – and however righteous you feel in your opinion – it’s hard not to feel at times that you are merely reciting lines for some awful play with no resolution.

This is the weird, boring, endless debate that defines American society. It makes me long for one day in the future when our technology has advanced sufficiently to allow the point to be argued exclusively by robots. We could program them to never allow either side a total ideological victory; taxes and spending would just bob up and down in a predictable decades-long cycle. And we humans would be able to put all our energy toward deciding when a girl is old enough to wear make-up, if it’s irresponsible to walk a dog off-leash, and if Christmas lights should rightly be white or multi-colored.

Julius Henson Found Guilty of Only One Charge in Robocall Trial


Julius Henson, a political consultant to former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich’s 2010 campaign, was acquitted Friday on three of the four charges he faced for his part in the “counterintuitive” robocall that went out on Election Day ostensibly to keep likely Martin O’Malley supporters from going to the polls. He was found guilty only of failing to include an “authority line” that would have linked the call to the Ehrlich campaign. Two counts of conspiracy to violate Maryland’s election laws and one count of election fraud failed to stick.

Jury foreman Renee Johnson explained the split verdict: “We, as a people, because we live in a democratic society, we have the choice of believing or not to believe. You choose to believe it, it’s on you.” Granted, I wasn’t present at the trial, but “choosing to believe?!” Is that even a real thing? Does our membership in a democratic society really immunize us against liars? Someone gives you false information, you believe it, and “it’s on you?!” Doesn’t that claim reject the very possibility of fraud, like, at all?

Okay, maybe I should just “relax.”

Restaurant News: Openings and Closings from Around the Baltimore Region



Greek restaurant Ouzo Bay is opening at 1006 Lancaster St. in Harbor East, in the same building that houses Charleston. The 4,000-square-foot restaurant seat 140 inside and 70 outside, according to a liquor license Alexander Smith filed with Baltimore City.  Read more at Bmore Media

A new restaurant called The Museum will open in the old space that used to house the Brass Elephant at 924 N. Charles Street Street in Mount Vernon. Not much is known about The Museum, except that the owners initially wanted to offer live music, but dropped the idea when the neighborhood opposed.  Read more at The Baltimore Sun 

The owner of Calle’s Cucina, an Italian restaurant on St. Paul’s Street in Barclay, posted late last night that he was closing the restaurant after a seven month run.  Read more at the Baltimore Business Journal  


Have Patients: Johns Hopkins Moves an Entire Hospital Full of People

Photo courtesey Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun

When Johns Hopkins unveiled its $1.1 billion addition a couple weeks ago, most of the focus was on the new buildings — their state-of-the-art equipment, colorful facades, and 1.6 million square feet of space. But opening a hospital is a very different undertaking than cutting the ribbon in front of a new mall. A hospital is full of patients — sometimes very sick ones — and they each have to be moved from the old structures to the new one. This turns out to be precisely the opposite of a simple task, and, as with everything in this new hospital, extreme care was taken to make sure the patient move happened in the best possible way. That meant, according to Robin Hunt, “running two hospitals simultaneously” for a couple days. Like we said:  not a simple task.

Hunt organized, managed, and led the move of 271 patients over two days, a process that took three-plus years to plan. She consulted with representatives from each of the hospital’s departments, ran simulations, and figured out how to deal with critically ill patients. They built a precise schedule, laying out the timing for each aspect of the movement. Specially designated “emergency pull-off zones” were created along the routes, in case a patient being transported required immediate medical attention. The most critically ill patients were escorted by as many as five staff members, sometimes including a physician, nurse, respiratory therapist, and critical care transport staff. Right before the big day, Hunt and her team gathered a group of volunteers and students who acted as mock patients in a last-minute dress rehearsal. Each stand-in patient came complete with a patient profile and medical equipment, so the command center could get a sense of how the entire process would work. “The mock move definitely served its purpose,” Hunt says. The hospital decided to beef up communication between the command center and its transport team, providing radios so they could be in constant contact with anyone moving a patient. “We also learned that the building is massive,” Hunt said, and so transport teams got extra training so they’d always know for sure exactly where they were.

Some patients were moved with as many as five staff members in attendance.

Will Obama’s New Attitude about Gay Marriage Really Make a Difference in Maryland?


Looks like Barack Obama’s “evolving” views on gay marriage have finally completed their evolution. The president “came out” in favor of same sex marriage after his vice president went off script on a talk show declaring his own absolute comfort with marriage equality.

With Maryland anticipating a photo-finish referendum on gay marriage in November, and with much of this bluest of blue state’s indecisiveness on the issue credited to socially conservative black voters, speculation abounds as to whether the president’s new attitude (which, by the way, is actually his old attitude) will sway African-Americans.

The Daily Beast has declared that it already is, but as much as identity and affinity do to shape a voter’s views, treating the “black vote,” and especially “the black Christian vote,” as a political monolith seems foolish, and counter to what we’ve seen already. Baltimore’s Rev. Larry Brumfield has been very vocal in his support of marriage equality, as has Delman Coates, pastor to the 8,000-member Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Prince George’s County. And those are religious leaders!

Either way it will be interesting – to say the least – to see what happens in November.

Apple Store in Towson to Move to Larger Space


Have you noticed that the Apple store in the Towson Town Center Mall is busting at the seams??

The scuttlebutt is the store is moving to the space in the mall that used to be inhabited by Martin + Osa, a casual clothing store, and the new space will be open by September, at the latest.

The space is located on the mall’s second floor near Tiffany, Burberry and Louis Vuitton.


Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School Announces Major Shift


The Carey Business School, an offshoot of Johns Hopkins, has tended to be the institution’s least glamorous sister. Founded in 2007 (but with origins dating back a century before that) thanks to a $50 million donation from William Polk Carey, the freestanding school is too new to have established itself as an MBA powerhouse; instead of banking on a storied history, the program has opted to make its name through innovative programs. And now they’re revamping that system yet again.

The reorganization, announced this week, will shift the school’s focus to business as it relates to health care and the life sciences. The move seems like a smart one, both because Hopkins is such a medical powerhouse and because more and more business is happening in the health care arena.  “Health care is approaching 20 percent of the national gross domestic product, and it’s a key factor in the costs of any economic model, whether in manufacturing or services,” said the school’s interim Dean Phillip Phan. “Understanding the complexities of the modern health care industry is a crucial skill for any business manager. For those who manage in the health care sector, Johns Hopkins is the place to learn.”

The change-up is certainly an overhaul, but will build on previous programs and more closely tie the business school to the university’s other departments. Starting this fall, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will start offering a dual MBA/MD degree with Carey, and professors from other divisions are looking into joint research efforts with the school.

So what of the much-vaunted Global MBA program, designed to “reinvent” the traditional MBA, which was launched by Carey in 2010? Well, that’ll still be an option. “This new focus doesn’t mean we’re altering other, traditional areas where we’re strong,” Phan said. “We feel strongly that the best business schools have a mix of people representing various industries, sharing their views and experiences. The intention is not to have a school full of people from just one industry.” But by branding itself as the place to go to study the business of medicine, Carey might’ve just made a smart move.

The Sun Magazine Highlights the Newspaper’s Errors Over the Years


The Sun Magazine posted yesterday an amusing story about errors the paper has made over the years. Among them:

•When the Republican Party nominated Abraham Lincolnfor the presidency in 1860, The Sun headline identified him as “Abram Lincoln.”

•On Christmas Eve in 1873, the skeleton staff producing the paper locked the door to keep drunks from wandering onto the premises. When a servant of a local doctor arrived to deliver a message to the newsroom, he was turned away. Thus the next morning it was in the pages of the American rather than The Sun that Baltimore learned of the death of Johns Hopkins.

•In the editions of Monday, April 15, 1912, The Evening Sun, relying on early, erroneous reports, went to press with this headline on the front page: “ALL TITANIC PASSENGERS ARE SAFE TRANSFERRED IN LIFEBOATS AT SEA.”

Read “Sun Corrections: Fessiing Up”  online.

Businessweek Names Loyola, U of Md. Among Top Undergrad Business Schools


Courtesy of Citybizlist — The University of Maryland and Loyolawere named among the top undergraduate B-schools in the country by Bloomberg Businessweek. They were the lone schools from the state represented on the list.
Maryland ranked 38 and Loyola 62 overall, respectively, out of 124 colleges.

Maryland moved up a spot from its 2011 rank of 39, while Loyola fell from 45.

Bloomberg Businessweek said that it based its rankings on the responses of more than 28,000 students at the schools.

The publication assigned rankings in 14 academic disciplines for each school, ranging from entrepreneurship and ethics to marketing and sustainability.

For example, Notre Dame (Mendoza) was the top ranked school overall, coming in first in Ethics and in the top 5 in Accounting, Finance, Sustainability, and other disciplines, but it ranked in the middle of the pack in International Business.

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