Jean Marbella: Harbor Point debate is deja vu all over again

There are any number of ways to view last week's raucous City Council committee meeting, where by a 3-0 vote, members approved a $107 million public financing deal for the Harbor Point development. It was theater, for sure, with drama and high dudgeon preceding the vote. And it was business as usual, since exactly no one expected the taxation committee to buck the mayor and other powerful interests pushing for development of the city's last big harborfront site. (Balt. Sun)

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Jacques Kelly: Appetizing changes on Harford Road

As friends shopped for an old-fashioned Baltimore peach cake, I considered the scene in Northeast Baltimore's Fenwick Bakery. I observed buyers ask for the crumb buns and doughnuts, raisin bread, Schmierkase cake and plain, Baltimore-style baked goods in what I thought was one of our more traditional food zones. After all, next door is Mueller's Delicatessen, famous for its German fixings, and across the street, Mastellone's Deli, the Italian grocery and wine shop. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore’s future tied to the fate of the Metro West complex

The Social Security Administration will vacate the 1.1 million square foot office facility next year. Plans to re-purpose this complex should begin with a radical reworking of the "Highway to Nowhere" that runs under the buildings and stops community development dead in its tracks. (Brew)

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Elliot Haspel: Adults' childish fights over education

The education debate in the United States has taken on a particularly nasty tone, and it’s turning into a needless war. Sides are digging in, accusations are being launched and, sadly, children’s lives are being negatively affected because we are too blind to see that this is all built on false choices. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Purple Line costs and benefits

It’s possible that a short-sighted successor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) or congressional dysfunction could hamper progress of the Purple Line, but the project’s prospects are rosier than The Post indicated. (Wash. Post)

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August 9 // Michael Hankin and Laurie Schwartz: Harbor Point necessary to move Baltimore forward 

If Baltimore is to succeed in our mayor’s goal of attracting 10,000 new families to the city over the next decade, then it is imperative that we embrace creative ways to develop new housing and employment centers. (Daily Record)

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Red Line is falling out of favor 

With the awarding this week of $400 million for Purple Line construction, state leaders have made a clear statement about where their transportation priorities lie. (Daily Record)

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Lucie L. Snodgrass: Rural Maryland needs immigration reform

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a common-sense immigration reform measure in a strongly bipartisan fashion. This was an important step in the right direction — especially for producers, farm workers and rural communities. (Balt. Sun)

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