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After 7 to 7 Vote, Baltimore Bottle Tax Fails
June 18, 2010, 9:31 am
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After 7 to 7 Vote, Baltimore Bottle Tax Fails

From WBAL TV (excerpts)- –

Baltimore City Council members failed to pass a controversial bottle tax during an emergency council meeting on Thursday, with the vote ending in a 7-7 tie. While the bill failed, it’s not dead yet, officials said. Supporters can try to tweak and fast-track it for Monday’s City Council meeting, but in order for it to pass, officials said it must have full support of the council.

Council President Jack Young abstained from voting because he said he has a cousin in the beverage industry.

The council members who said no to the bill were James Kraft, Nicholas D’Adamo Jr., Bill Henry, Belinda Conoway, Helen Holton, Agnes Welch and Warren Branch. Those who voted for the bill were Rochelle Spector, Sharon Green Middleton, Bob Curran, Edward Reisinger, Bill Cole, Carl Stokes and Mary Pat Clarke.

The mayor’s office told 11 News after the vote that the following services would be significantly reduced in 2011 because of the bill’s failure: graffiti removal, waterway maintenance (trash removal) and street sweeping. The office also said weekend corner trash collection, business district cleaning and the boarding and cleaning of vacant properties would all go away.

Baltimore Cyclists Bike Across America To Raise Money To Buy Bikes For Kids
June 16, 2010, 12:48 am
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Baltimore Cyclists Bike Across America To Raise Money To Buy Bikes For Kids

To learn more about BikeFree, CLICK HERE.

Would You Like To Be On A Red Line Station Advisory Committee?

Would You Like To Be On A Red Line Station Advisory Committee?

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is establishing Station Area Advisory Committees (SAACs) to provide community stakeholders (station area residents, businesses, churches, organizations, and institutions) the opportunity to participate in the process of designing how the 20 proposed light rail stations will integrate into their communities. MTA encourages interested community stakeholders to nominate themselves to serve on a committee in their area.

SAAC Members Expectations

SAAC Members:

  • Must be available to meet every 4 to 6 weeks between Fall 2010 and late 2011 (some committees may meet more or less depending on their interest and the issues they are considering)
  • Will be required to keep their community engaged and informed during the SAAC process

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Tour Dem Parks, Sunday June 13th
June 9, 2010, 6:36 pm
Filed under: Biking In Baltimore, Events | Tags: , ,

The 8th annual Tour Dem Parks, Hon!
Sunday, June 13, 2010

Begins at Carroll Park
(1500 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230)
Registration starts at 7AM.

Tour dem Parks, Hon! is an annual bike ride held the second Sunday of June. The ride takes locals and visitors through Baltimore’s parks and neighborhoods. Riders get an up-close view of regional parks like Carroll, Patterson, Clifton and Druid Hill, as well as some quietly tucked away gems.

Participants choose from 4 routes: 14 miles–the family ride on the Gwynn’s Falls Trail, 25 miles, 35 miles, or a metric century (64 miles). The Tour is followed by a relaxed barbecue with live music.  Proceeds are donated to groups and non-profit organizations affiliated with parks, greening, and bicycling.

Tour dem Parks has grown from 250 riders in 2006 to over 1000 in 2009.  As we expand our marketing and public relations efforts the ride continues to attract new participants, while many riders from previous years return.

Real Food Farm Market On Wednesdays

Real Food Farm Market Wednesdays

Farm Markets Every Week!
Real Food Farm sells fresh produce for the community each week.
Wednesdays @RFF
from 3:00-4:30pm
2801 St. Lo Drive


For more information about Real Food Farm, CLICK HERE.

Remington Walmart Traffic Study Is Out- The Search For Missing Cars Begins

Remington 25th Street Station Traffic Study Released- The Search For Missing Cars Begins

The ‘Draft’ Traffic Impact Study (TIS) for the proposed 25th Street Station big box development project in Remington was recently released and area residents are raising a lot of concerns.  The most intriguing of which might be -What’s the deal with the missing cars?

On the new site EXIT 6, a campaign initiated by residents of Remington to deal with issues raised from the proposed 25th Street Station development and traffic, the question is asked, “Who can solve this mystery?The Lost Cars of Huntingdon Avenue”.

Apparently, according to the study, cars entering the area via Huntingdon Avenue actually disappear, rather than accumulate, making it something akin to the Bermuda Triangle.  Recent posts on the EXIT 6 site related to the missing cars and other concerns provide interesting commentary on the study.  To check out EXIT 6, CLICK HERE.

Other community issues that have been raised about the traffic study include the observation that no dates and times of car counts are provided, the unsubstantiated assumption that 25% of shoppers will walk, bike, or take the bus to the site, the lack of projections for rush hour, Saturdays and holidays and the fact that the information is inconsistent with other Baltimore area Lowes and Walmart stores.


Post Update: In an analysis of the traffic study done by the Mobtown Shank, it is reported that traffic will increase 129 times from what it is now in the area on weekends.  For more information, CLICK HERE.