The Daily Record: It’s time to go all in on expanded Baltimore Convention Center

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on September 20, 2018. The recent news that a major health and wellness convention has decided to relocate from Baltimore to Philadelphia because the city’s convention center can’t handle its growing attendance is the latest alarm bell that expansion of the...
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WBAL News Radio 1090: Natural Products Expo East Leaving Baltimore

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on wbal.com on September 10, 2018. Listen to the commentary. On September 12 a major event will roll into the Baltimore Convention Center, drawing 30,000 visitors and $17 million in estimated spending. The organizers of the event, Natural Products Expo East, say they love Baltimore. But they’ve decided to move after 20 years to Philadelphia. Why? The expo is growing and the Baltimore Convention Center isn’t large … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Goodbye, Baltimore Bike Share. Hello Bird and Lime

Editor’s note: The following article appeared on thedailyrecord.com on August 23, 2018. It was disappointing and a bit disheartening to see Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau announce last week that the Baltimore Bike Share program was being shut down August 15. The bike-sharing venture certainly endured a rocky go of it in Baltimore since launching in 2016. Issues that dogged the program included poor equipment maintenance, … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Thinking big about Pimlico

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on June 14, 2018. Justify’s sprint to win the Belmont Stakes and capture the Triple Crown last Saturday was remarkable and uplifting. It once again reminds us of just how fortunate Baltimore is to be home to the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness. As such, Baltimore has the distinction of hosting one of the most heralded sporting events in the United … Continue reading

WBAL News Radio 1090: 2018 Greater Baltimore State of the Region Report

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on wbal.com on June 5, 2018. Listen to the commentary. A recently released report by the Greater Baltimore Committee and Baltimore Metropolitan Council provides a captivating snapshot of the Baltimore region today compared to 20 years ago. The 2018 Greater Baltimore State of the Region Report found that the region is more ethnically diverse, better educated and wealthier than in 1998. Here are just a few findings … Continue reading

The Daily Record: A look at today’s Greater Baltimore region

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on May 18, 2018. Construction cranes are prevalent throughout the Baltimore region these days — from downtown Baltimore to Towson, Columbia and beyond — and to many they are the most visible sign of changes afoot in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties. But the recently released 2018 Greater Baltimore State of the Region Report makes clear that other changes have occurred during the … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Good news in Baltimore’s war against crime

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on March 15, 2018. There is good news worth noting in the fight against violent crime in Baltimore City. The number of homicides and non-fatal shootings have been trending downward over the past four months. It’s too early to identify the specific factors that have brought about this welcome trend. However, to their credit, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and law enforcement officials have been … Continue reading

WBAL News Radio 1090: State of Baltimore’s transit system

Editor’s note: The following commentary was recorded at WBAL News Radio 1090 on February 26, 2018. Listen to the commentary. Baltimore got a rude awakening regarding the dire condition of its Metro system when the MTA abruptly shut it down because portions of the track are unsafe. The Metro will remain closed for repairs until mid-March. It’s unconscionable that this critical link in Baltimore’s mass transit network was allowed to fall … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Hogan’s plan to fight Baltimore violence deserves support

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on February 15, 2018. Baltimore has experienced some good news of late in the fight against violent crime. No homicides were reported for 12 days, the longest streak since 2015, according to news reports. Mayor Catherine Pugh attributes the public safety initiatives that she has implemented to this welcome break in tragic killings. Others have said that it is not entirely clear … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Restoring trust in the federal legislative process

Editors note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on December 28, 2017. As I read a recent article on the tax bill approved by the U.S. Congress, one line in particular caught my attention. “Drilling would be allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.” The bill’s other provisions are related to taxes, deductions, exemptions and credits. But the drilling provision, on its face, has nothing to do with a taxation bill. Such unrelated amendments, or … Continue reading