WHAT WE SAW YESTERDAY WAS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT THESE HEALTH SYSTEMS WILL DO TO HEALTH CARE AND TO OUR MUNICIPAL FUNCTIONS. HAVING ONE CORPORATION THAT PROVIDES CARE, PROVIDES INSURANCE, PROVIDES TRAINING, PROVIDES POLICY IS CORPORATE RULE PERSONIFIED. WHEN YOU HEAR PEOPLE CHANTING 'END CORPORATE RULE'.....THIS EXAMPLE WITH HOPKINS AND HEALTH CARE IS THE POSTER CHILD. WE KNOW THERE IS NO TRANSPARENCY SO WE KNOW THAT IS NOT THE POLICY BEST FOR THE PEOPLE. IT IS BEING THRUST UPON US BY POLITICIANS WHO THINK THEY ARE IN OFFICE FOR LIFE.
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!
TODAY YOU'LL SEE THE EXPANSE OF JOHNS HOPKINS' REACH AS IT MOVES TOWARDS NOT ONLY GLOBAL PRESENCE, BUT WHAT I HAVE DESCRIBED AS THIS VISION OF CITY STATE. THE 1% OF MARYLAND ARE CONSOLIDATING ALL CIVIC, BUSINESS, AND EDUCATION INTO THEIR HANDS.....SERIOUSLY FOLKS.....GET OUT AND GET ACTIVE!
THE LOWER-CLASS WILL SEE ITS LIFE SPAN SHRINK IN RECORD TIME WITH THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM.....IN JUST A FEW DECADES PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALL THESE CHRONIC ILLNESSES THAT NOW WON'T BE ABLE TO ACCESS HEALTH CARE WILL BE DYING IN EARLY SIXTIES......WELL BEFORE THEY CAN DRAW MEDICARE/SOCIAL SECURITY. THIS WILL BE TRUE FOR MANY OF TODAY'S MIDDLE-CLASS AS WELL. REMEMBER, POVERTY ENDS FOR A FAMILY OF 4 AT $57,000 PER HOUSEHOLD.......$100,000 AND MORE WILL BE NEEDED TO ACCESS CARE WITH ANY REGULARITY.
SO, ALL THIS IS INEVITABLE ISN'T IT? NO, IT IS NOT. AS WE HEAR AGAIN AND AGAIN, WE ARE SEEING THESE CORPORATE TYPES TRYING TO CREATE MODELS THAT THEY WILL THEN MARKET TO OTHER STATES AND OVERSEAS. THEY ARE ONLY MOVING FORWARD BECAUSE THE POLS IN OFFICE SUPPORT THEM. WE SIMPLY NEED TO GET GRASSROOTS PEOPLE IN OFFICE TO TURN THIS AROUND.....GET RID OF THE FARM TEAM.
THIS IS NOT HYPERBOLE.....IT IS YOUR FAMILY'S FUTURE. WE HAVE A CHANCE FOR HEALTH CARE FOR ALL.....IT WAS MARYLAND'S POLS THAT WORKED AGAINST THAT REGARDLESS OF HOW THEY ENDED IN VOTE....WE SEE IT ALL AROUND US NOW.
DEMOCRACY NOW CLUBS AND NEWSLETTERS SHOULD BE THE NEW GROWTH INDUSTRY!!!!!
MY MESSAGE TO THE GROUP 'SCALE-IT-BACK.COM IN ROCKVILLE SHOWS HOW HOPKINS IS COMPLETELY DRIVEN BY GREED AND EXPANSION. WE KNOW THAT HOPKINS IS TRYING TO ESTABLISH WHAT WILL BE A GLOBAL PRESENCE AND WE SEE NOW THEY ARE UNACCOUNTABLE AND BAD CITIZENS. WHAT WILL THEY BE IS LEFT UNCHECKED? IF YOU NOTICE YOU SEE THE SAME MODUS OPERANDUS (MO).......THEY GET LAND FOR PENNIES WITH PROMISES THAT DON'T HAPPEN. YOU'LL ALSO NOTICE THAT IT IS THE POLS THAT MAKE IT HAPPEN AND THE JUDGES WHO CAN'T SEE CONFLICT. CAPTURED SYSTEMS NEED TO.....
VOTE ALL INCUMBENTS OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!
THANK THIS GROUP FOR WORKING FOR ALL OF US. WHILE THEY MIGHT NOT AGREE WITH MY POLITICS, WE ALL HAVE CONCERNS IN THIS 'NEW ECONOMY' OF JOHNS HOPKINS AND THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTE.
I thank all of you making this issue public and fighting Hopkins now as they position themselves as a global corporation. This is what the development is about and it mirrors what they did in Baltimore as the made similar promises and used billions in Federal and State taxpayer money in the guise of Enterprise Zone development. We now have a complex that looks like a Brussels financial ministry in East Baltimore.
Judge rules for Hopkins in Belward lawsuit
Posted: 3:01 pm Tue, October 30, 2012
By Melody Simmons
Daily Record Business Writer
Family members of the late owner of a farm near Rockville say they will appeal a decision by a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge allowing the Johns Hopkins University to develop the 138-acre property into a massive “Science City” technology center.
Don't let Johns Hopkins' drawing of the proposed "campus" fool you. They have no intention of building a campus. They are proposing a high-rise commercial office complex.
Their drawing is not to scale. The 150 ft buildings are barely visible. In reality the location of the highest buildings is 50 feet higher than the road so they will appear 200 feet tall. The people in the foreground are drawn the size of ants. And where are the 20,000 cars??
DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR? HOPKINS HAS DESIGN NON-PROFITS THAT DO THIS IN ALL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. DELIBERATELY MISREPRESENTING WITH NO CARE OF INTEGRITY OR MORALITY. BELOW YOU SEE THAT HOPKINS IS ABUSING POWER ALL ACROSS THE STATE...WELL ACTUALLY THE WORLD BUT I CAN'T COVER ALL THAT... LET THIS ORGANIZATION KNOW THAT YOU SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS AND LET THEM KNOW HOW HOPKINS EFFECTS YOUR LIFE IN BALTIMORE.
I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THIS ORGANIZATION WOULD NOT SUPPORT MY WEBSITE AND ISSUES, BUT ON THIS ISSUE, WE SHARE SOME CONCERNS!
Donna Baron (Scale-it-back.com) Coordinator, The Gaithersburg - North Potomac - Rockville Coalition, online at www.scale-it-back.com
WHAT YOU SEE BELOW IS THE STORY THAT ANYONE IN BALTIMORE CAN SEE AS SIMILAR. IN BOTH CASES PEOPLE ARE NOT AWARE OF THE EXPANSE, IMPACT, AND PUBLIC COST THESE HOPKINS' PLANS WILL HAVE. THESE PEOPLE ARE AWARE AND THEY ARE WILLING TO FIGHT FOR THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY THEIR FAMILY NEVER MEANT TO DESTROY WITH THIS DONATED LAND. SO, HOPKINS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFENDER.
HOPKINS COULD CARE LESS!!!!! IT IS THE POLITICIANS WHO DO KNOW THE OUTCOME AND WORK TO MOVE THE AGENDA FORWARD!!!
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!!!
Belward Farm: The 1997 Plan vs. the Current Plan Posted on February 7, 2012 at 10:00 am Email Print 2 Comments Photos (2) Pdfs (1) Upload Photos and Videos
In 1989, Elizabeth Banks sold Belward Farm for the gift price of $5 million (one-tenth of its estimated value) to Johns Hopkins University for a minimally-intrusive academic, medical or research campus. The family understood that it would be a Johns Hopkins-occupied campus. That was Ms. Banks' intention for her farm.
In 1997, Ms. Banks, her family and Johns Hopkins crafted a plan that would fulfill her wishes for the Belward Farm Campus of Johns Hopkins University. The 1997 Plan allowed for 1.8 million square feet of development for the entire 138-acre property. A 1997 Planning Board document stated that level of density would handle a “capacity for 8,650 jobs”.
Elizabeth Banks passed away in 2005, and soon thereafter, Johns Hopkins scrapped the 1997 plan and wrote an entirely new plan for the remaining 107-acre farm. Hopkins’ current plan proposes a 4.7 million square foot high-rise commercial office complex with, extrapolating from the earlier document, a capacity for almost 22,600 jobs on Belward Farm.
According to the deed, Johns Hopkins cannot sell Belward Farm for 50 years, but Hopkins is offering 99-year ground leases for the property. The University has not committed to occupy any of the future buildings. It is purely a profit-making business venture for Johns Hopkins and is totally inconsistent with the wishes of Elizabeth Banks.
The 1997 plan proposed two- and three-level buildings. The current plan allows for buildings up to 150-feet high or fourteen-stories tall.
The environmental easement surrounding the historic farmstead was increased from seven acres in the 1997 plan to 10 acres in the current plan. The 1997 plan proposed two-story buildings immediately adjacent to the farmstead. The height will increase to five-story buildings, with up to fourteen-story buildings immediately behind the farmstead in the current plan.
The buffers between the proposed commercial complex on Belward Farm and the three adjacent neighborhoods were a point of contention throughout the master plan process. In the 1997 plan, Hopkins spread the buildings across the farm with vast surface parking lots. They said the density did not allow for structured parking garages, which is absurd because Danac (across the road from Belward) has structured parking for their complex which is a fraction of the size.
At this point, the buffers are slightly wider because of the large parking lots shown in the earlier plan. But Hopkins has made it clear that the roads and buildings on their Preliminary Plan are “illustrative”. Apparently they can change much of what they have shown on the plan documents.
For example, the width of the buffer between Belward Farm and Washingtonian Woods, which is across Muddy Branch Road, changed from 300 feet to 200 feet to “at least 100 feet” during the master plan discussions.
Beyond the remaining approved capacity of 1.4 million square feet, future development is premised on the construction of the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT).
If approved, the CCT will operate the length of Belward Farm on a 150 foot right-of-way. The CCT is only expected to carry 12 percent to 15 percent of the Science City’s additional workers and residents which will leave 85 percent (or tens of thousands) of additional cars on the roads. This will necessitate monumental changes in the roads around the farm…wider roads with multi-level twelve- to sixteen-lane highway interchanges.
We expected development on Belward Farm but we did not anticipate that Johns Hopkins would violate the intentions of Elizabeth Banks and propose a massive high-rise commercial complex.
For additional information on Belward Farm, please see “Elizabeth Banks’ Intentions for Belward Farm”, “Belward Farm, Hopkins Await Judge's Ruling” and www.scale-it-back.com