Snowzilla 2016

Baltimore doesn’t get tons of snow very often. In fact, this year, we had a very mild winter. That is, until this past weekend, when winter decided to arrive and make up for lost time by dumping 29 inches of powdery white stuff all over us. Still… it wasn’t that bad. We had a kitchen…

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Baltimore in Turmoil, Part 2

Baltimore Business Owners Speak Up …read Part 1 of Baltimore in Turmoil… In the wake of Monday’s riots, the view all along Centre Street and up Charles had changed dramatically. What just a day before had been the thriving cultural heart of the city now looked like an area plagued by blight. Boarded windows, broken…

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Baltimore in Turmoil

Freddie Gray died while in custody of the Baltimore Police. In the wake of that, amidst cries of outrage from a community fed up with a long term history of police brutality, racism, and injustice, Baltimore rose up in protest. Their anger could no longer be contained and it spilled over. The protests began passionately,…

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Baltimore in protest…

   After today’s protest march went down Saint Paul, we spoke with some local business owners whose properties were damaged in the riots. We are currently working on a piece looking at the impact of the riots – not to politics, but to city residents. Stay tuned.

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Goin’ to the market and we’re gonna get groceries…

Grocery shopping in the city is an adventure. It’s that simple. In our neighborhood, our options include: a tiny local shop with slightly better selection and prices than a 7-11, a full-size grocery in a borderline neighborhood with distinctly poor selection and quality, a full-size grocery in a nice neighborhood that’s a pain to get…

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The great building project… Or: it’s time for a new bed, part 1

This is the culprit responsible. Sure, we’d been planning to redo the bedroom, but after the holidays. Then this happened. A piece that was already old and worn broke in a way that could not be fixed. With three weeks to go till Christmas, we were suddenly facing a major construction project. Let the fun…

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traffic stop protocol…

In a day and age where complaints about police are all over the place, I’ve actually got a serious question that I haven’t seen adequately addressed anywhere. I don’t count internet pundits opining on “best practices” on general forums to be “adequate”. Way back when in my high school driver’s ed classes, and in the…

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Who needs a yard?

I love city life… sure it has some disadvantages. Population density, the mix of commercial and residential, living in a building that’s over 150 years old… all of those things add up to some interesting challenges. But those are far outweighed by the cool stuff. Like the fact that we’ve got art galleries, theatres, concert…

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Itty bitty kitchen…

Our apartment is fairly large… OK, it’s freakin’ big. Except for one room… the kitchen. The space itself is small, made to feel even smaller by a really bad layout. Had the rest of the place not been so ab-so-lute-ly perfect, the kitchen would have been a serious sticking point. The sink and dishwasher are…

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