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Top Ten Posts Of 2010
December 31, 2010, 10:15 am
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Top Ten Posts Of 2010

Baltidome’s Top Ten Posts From 2010:

1 – Port Covington Wal-Mart: A Case Study In Pictures

2 – Skip The Engagement Ring

3 – The Fitzgerald To Be Largest Green Apartment Complex In Baltimore

4 – Baltimore JFX Farmer’s Market Season Opener Sunday, May 2nd

5 – Baltimore Free Hybrid Downtown Shuttle

6 – Would Baltimore’s 2011 Mayoral Candidates Please Step Forward

7 – Chicken Keeping in Baltimore City

8 – Re: Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, I Hate To Say I Told You So, But…

9 – Baltimore Blizzard 2010 Photos

10 – What Is A CSA And How Do I Join



Start The Year By Supporting Local Farms This Saturday
December 29, 2010, 10:13 am
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Start The Year By Supporting Local Farms This Saturday

Maryland factory farms helped kill the Chesapeake Bay Bill on Capital Hill this month (Chesapeake bill dies on Capitol Hill).  Show your support for small and family run farms by going to the 32nd Street Waverly Farmers’ Market this Saturday, January 1st 2011.  Braze the cold and stop by for some hot coffee, fresh danishes and shop where Baltimore’s top chefs do for your first home cooked meal of the year.

32nd Street/Waverly Farmers’ Market
400 block of E. 32nd Street
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to Noon Open All Year*
MAP IT

To learn more about the effects of factory farming and to see the Factory Farm Map for Maryland and other states, CLICK HERE.



Show Off Your Cycling Prowess While Drinking Beer
December 22, 2010, 2:11 am
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Show Off Your Cycling Prowess

Photo Courtesy of Royal Bike Sprints

A Night Of Cycling, Racing And Grudge Matches In Baltimore, 12/30/2010

Baltimore Critical Mass, a bicycle advocacy group, sets out from the Washington Monument for its monthly ride at 7pm on Thursday, December 30th and finishes at the Windup Space (MAP IT).

There, Royal Bike Sprints is having its second installment of Goldsprints in Baltimore.

A Goldsprint is a bicycle racing and social event. Riders on stationary bikes compete against each other in front of spectators with music, beer, and fun.

Royal Bike Sprints will provide bikes, rollers, fork stands – you just bring yourself and fast legs.

Racing starts at 10pm, so get there at 9 to sign up and enjoy the drink specials.

There will be mens and womens categories and grudge matches.  Fastest times will win prizes. There is a $5 cover for the Goldsprints event.



City May Remove Trees For Baltimore Grand Prix
December 20, 2010, 1:37 am
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City May Remove Trees For Baltimore Grand Prix

Grandstands under installment near trees for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Baltimoreans are split on their take on the upcoming Baltimore Grand Prix.  However, most residents would likely agree that removing trees out of convenience for a one-time weekend event is unacceptable, but that seems exactly what organizers intend to do.

Last week the Baltimore Business Journal released an article stating that “the group planning the event wants to uproot about 100 trees to make way for grandstands along the two-mile course.”  Since then, the Downtown Partnership has claimed the BBJ article regarding the trees was wrong, but have nonetheless failed to clarify the fate of the trees.  In fact, the rebuttal of the Downtown Partnership seems only to support the article…

“The Grand Prix has asked to remove numerous trees along Pratt Street, and, in response, we’ve been working with the city and the Grand Prix on a plan to preserve trees where possible and to adopt a strategy for replacing trees or adding other types of landscaping.”

Note the “where possible” portion of the statement.  Doesn’t that suggest the Downtown Partnership is open to the removal of trees for the Grand Prix?  How do you think folks would respond if Denis Whiting wanted to remove trees on The Avenue for Honfest?

According to the Daily Record, “Great races and trees are not incompatible. Even though a million people gather to see the final day of the Tour de France, it is inconceivable that the City of Paris would mow down the trees on the Champs Elysees to allow better viewing of the race. Photographs of the Grand Prix de Monaco show that grandstands and mature trees can live together — some of the grandstands are built around trees.”

If the organizers of the Baltimore Grand Prix do not have the ingenuity to integrate grandstands and trees, how can we expect them to safely orchestrate a nearly 200 mile per hour downtown car race?

Please contact the Downtown Partnership an let them know that  you do not support the removal of trees for the Baltimore Grand Prix.

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
217 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410)244-1030
info@dpob.org

Sources:
- Baltimore Business Journal: City to clear trees for Indy Grand Prix
- Downtown Partnership President says BBJ’s editorial on Pratt St. trees wrong
- Daily Record: Editorial Advisory Board: First … let’s kill all the trees



Baltimore To Test Biofuel At Three City Facilities
December 15, 2010, 9:23 pm
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Baltimore To Test Biofuel In City Facilities

From a Baltimore Sun article by Tim Wheeler today (excerpts)…

The Board of Estimates has approved an agreement to spend up to $1.3 million over the next year to test 440,000 gallons of vegetable-based fuel in the boilers of three city facilities – the Back River wastewater treatment plant, Eastern health center and the Pimlico fire and training complex.  The fuel is to be supplied by New Generation Biofuels, which has a production plant in South Baltimore.

The biofuel, made from vegetable and soybean oil, is no more expensive than heating oil, according to Michael P. Cook, energy chief for the city’s general services department.  The biofuel provides just 70 percent of the heat value when burned as does fuel oil, but it’s also priced 30 percent less.

Should this next year of testing prove out, the city would put out to bid a contract to switch more city buildings to biofuels, Atwood said.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.



Last Downtown Baltimore Farmers’ Market Of The Year
December 15, 2010, 1:21 am
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Last Farmers’ Market Under The JFX This Year

Sunday, December 19 will be the last downtown Baltimore farmers’ market of the year.

Still looking for holiday gifts? -There are many great finds to be had at the Baltimore Downtown Farmers’ Market this Sunday from 7 am – 12 pm.  Socks and yarn made of local lambswool, petroleum-free soaps, wreaths, ceramics, local honey, candles, doggie biscuits and coffee are just some of the items, in addition to produce, to be picked up here.  Be sure to take advantage of this true Baltimore shopping experience and make it worth while for the vendors who are out there in the cold.

Location: Underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga streets.  If you are heading south on 83, exit at Pleasant Street.  MAP IT

Are you interested in being a vendor for the 2011 JFX farmers’ market?  For information, CLICK HERE.

Local food options will still be available during the winter months and through spring at the 32 Street/Waverly Farmers’ Market, Mill Valley General Store and from Real Food Farm.

In Spring 2011 the JFX Farmers’ Market is scheduled to start one month earlier than usual on April 3, 2010.