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Guest Column: The Purple Line's opponents have a numbers problem.

By Ben Ross:The Purple Line's opponents have a numbers problem. While the new Hogan administration wants to hear their point of view, it will not put saving trees in Chevy Chase ahead of the state's future prosperity.  So the case against the transit line must rise or fall on economics. The problem for the opponents is the obvious value of a quick connection between the growing job centers of Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton.  Planners predict 74,000 riders a day by 2040 -- many more than light rail lines with similar price tags elsewhere. Even more important, the inner-suburb town centers it runs through are the sweet spot in real estate today.  With the Purple Line, they will be what the market now demands and can rarely find -- places that are accessible from all directions without worry about traffic jams, yet have the advantages of suburban living... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd - Budget Concerns for Higher Education

Center Maryland columnist Laslo Boyd looks ahead to the challenges facing higher education in Maryland, including the budget difficulties that are projected for the coming years under Gov.-elect Hogan.Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Damian O’Doherty brings guests on the show to have in depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland. Damian O’Doherty is a corporate communications strategist, a principal of KO Public Affairs LLC and co-founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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2014 MARYLANDER OF THE YEAR AND LEADER TO WATCH IN 2015

This week Center Maryland is taking a quick look back at some of Maryland’s top achievers from 2014 so that we know who to watch in 2015.* Monday, 1/5: Best Lawyer* Tuesday, 1/6: Best Non-Profit* Wednesday, 1/7: Best Developer* Thursday, 1/8: Marylander of the Year 2014 MARYLANDER OF THE YEAR AND LEADER TO WATCH IN 2015:Larry Hogan Jr. Governor-elect State of Maryland A year ago, Larry Hogan Jr. was unknown to the state’s vast voting majority. He wasn’t much better known even after he won the Republican primary for governor in June. After all, Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 in Maryland, so the GOP nominee usually has the thankless task of losing gracefully. Not this time. Hogan upended all the political norms in staging a surprisingly convincing victory in the November general election. He did it by defusing political partisanship, focusing like a laser on economic issues and presenting himself as a... Continue reading
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BEST OF 2014 AND DEVELOPER TO WATCH IN 2015:

This week Center Maryland is taking a quick look back at some of Maryland’s top achievers from 2014 so that we know who to watch in 2015. * Monday, 1/5: Best Lawyer* Tuesday, 1/6: Best Non-Profit* Wednesday, 1/7: Best Developer* Thursday, 1/8: Marylander of the Year BEST OF 2014 AND DEVELOPER TO WATCH IN 2015: John DeWolf Senior Vice PresidentThe Howard Hughes CorporationDowntown Columbia In 2011, The Howard Hughes Corporation dispatched John DeWolf to Maryland with a daunting task: to blow the dust off of the community-led Downtown Columbia Master Plan and deliver the “New City” Jim Rouse always envisioned. Three years later, DeWolf has put together the pieces to implement an urban live/work/listen & play district as the centerpiece of Rouse’s original planned city. His Texas-based company is pulling out all of the stops to give DeWolf the tools to build an exciting urban landscape containing a mix of corporate... Continue reading
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BEST OF 2014 AND NON-PROFITS TO WATCH IN 2015:

This week Center Maryland is taking a quick look back at some of Maryland’s top achievers from 2014 so that we know who to watch in 2015. * Monday, 1/5: Best Lawyer* Tuesday, 1/6: Best Non-Profits* Wednesday, 1/7: Best Developer* Thursday, 1/8: Marylander of the Year BEST OF 2014 AND NON-PROFITS TO WATCH IN 2015: Humanim Details (Baltimore Brick By Brick) First, the group saved the decaying but architecturally unique American Brewery Building in East Baltimore and turned into office and program space for non-profits. Then Humanim, a 44-year-old non-profit serving people with disabilities, created Details to “deconstruct” vacant city housing in a way that reuses discarded materials, helps the environment and creates jobs for low-income residents. To date, 45 individuals have been employed to take apart vacant buildings. Among other items, more than 30,000 Baltimore bricks have been removed and are ready for recycling. It is a win-win solution. Humanim... Continue reading
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