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Baltimore’s Waterfront Is About to Get Upgraded

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Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Other cities’ waterfronts get kayaking outposts, parkland, piers for strolling, or baseball diamonds. In Baltimore, we have… a mall. But that may soon change, thanks to a $120,000 study which led to an inspirational visit to New York. That’s where the president of Baltimore’s Waterfront Partnership was amazed to see a “mix of large open spaces available for just concerts or events or picnicking, Frisbee throwing.” Picnics and frisbees seemed like a nice enough idea that plans for Inner Harbor 2.0 (yes, that’s what they’re calling it) may just include cutting-edge amenities like “concessions” and “public access to the water.”

Seriously, though, a Harbor-centric upgrade sounds lovely, especially since the area hasn’t been seriously reconfigured since Harborplace and the Inner Harbor promenade were created more than a quarter-century ago.

Baltimore’s Possibly-Cursed Cruise Lines Consider Quitting the City

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We were all so happy when the Pride, a 2,124 passenger cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line, began docking in Locust Point in April, 2009. The cruise ship would bring big-spending tourists and economic development to the city, we hoped — and maybe we could stow away in a lifeboat and get a free ride to the Caribbean! But things didn’t exactly turn out like that.

Baltimore Bachelor Auditions: Who Wants to Be on National TV?

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I’m lingering awkwardly in the entryway to the Greene Turtle in Locust Point, listening to Jillian talk how she came down from Pennsylvania to be here, for the Baltimore casting call to find the next Bachelor/Bachelorette. She’s in full trashy TV show regalia:  silver spike heels, hot pink tank top, thick mascara, ostentatious cleavage. I ask her if she really thinks she’d find true love on a reality show. She looks confused. “I’m a model,” she tells me. “I’m just trying to further my career.”

And it’s not just Jillian, it seems — the sprawling restaurant/bar complex is full of reality TV hopefuls doing their best to seem real (but not too real), cute (but not trashy), interesting (but not histrionic). I keep waiting to hear someone say “I’m not here to make friends.”

Today: Locust Point; Tomorrow: the World.

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It would be more accurate (though less snappy) to say “February 14: Locust Point; over the next few years: Pennsylvania, Long Island, North Carolina, and Florida.” On Valentine’s Day, Maryland sports bar-restaurant franchise The Greene Turtle is opening up a massive new location on McHenry Row in Locust Point.

It’s part of an ambitious plan to expand the franchise in “concentric circles,” extending its reach outward, bit by bit, from its Marlyand-Virginia-Delaware-Washington stronghold. The optimistic company expects to open twenty-five new locations in 2012, and as many as 150 in the near future, stretching along the eastern seaboard.

But first things first. What does this new location mean for Locust Pointers? Well, for one, it’s a new place to grab almost pornographic cheeseburgers (whose lurid images repeatedly bombard you when you visit the website). And as The Greene Turtle’s website boasts, there are “TVs everywhere,” including flat screens at every booth, so if you’re like me (your attention floats like a moth toward the bright screen), you’re guaranteed not to be able to carry on a conversation. So I won’t be taking my valentine there. Of course, there have to be plenty of people for whom nothing would be more romantic than an artery-clogging burger, twenty beers on tap, and a blitzkrieg of television screens.

Harris Teeter Opens Tomorrow in Baltimore

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In April 2011, Harris Teeter shared plans to open a seventh store in Maryland. The company announced yesterday its 61,000 square foot, two-story location will open Dec. 7, 2011 at 8 a.m. To celebrate the completion of its first Baltimore location, Harris Teeter is also hosting a private event called Taste of Teeter today, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, to introduce community members to the H.T. Difference

Located in an urban mixed-use environment, Harris Teeter’s first Baltimore store reflects the lifestyle and desires of its customers. The company is placing a strong emphasis on fresh foods, items-to-go and perishable items. Architecturally, the store design offers more glass and skylights; an atrium, stainless steel fixtures; and a four level parking garage.

Harris Teeter is also applying for LEED certification for this location. The company is committed to sustainable, energy efficient designs, and the store features recycling centers in the lobby and boasts additional energy and environmental design components including freezer cases designed with LED lighting and water-saving devices. Additional green features include electric vehicle charging stations and an integrated refrigeration and HVAC system that utilizes high efficient condensing and high efficient water source heat pump technology.

Read more at Citybizlist

Under Armour Doubles Up in Locust Point

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Sportswear firm Under Armour has announced plans to double the size of its Locust Point headquarters. The proposed expansion (which adds 400,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of retail space) would facilitate further growth for a company that thus far has managed not only to survive the recession, but to thrive in it.

But residents of the sort-of-hidden-away-but-prime-for-development-I-mean-c’mon-it’s-right-on-the-water-what-do-you-expect peninsular neighborhood are wary of how the expansion might change life in the neighborhood. They fear development creating visual obstructions and an influx of new businesses that might edge out the old ones.

Community members have even created a task force to work with Under Armour and voice their concerns throughout the development process.

In a time of high unemployment and economic uncertainty, you’ve got to respect the farsightedness of a neighborhood that refuses to sell out their values to the promise of more jobs.

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