The duty of our local and state officials is of course defending and recovering this attack from Wall Street and global corporations---but they are SHOW ME THE MONEY NOW AND FORGET WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS PEOPLE.
The Federal Government and Debt
Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to borrow money against the full faith and credit of the government. And since its beginning as a sovereign nation, the U.S. has borrowed money and amassed debt.
Why? Because it was universally agreed among the Founding Fathers, that borrowing money to finance their revolution was an absolute necessity. Alexander Hamilton, our first Treasury Secretary stated that: “The United States debt, foreign and domestic, was the price of liberty.” And because the government’s expenses often exceeded its income.
Except for a brief period under President Andrew Jackson, when U.S. debt shrank to zero, the national debt has been a part of the government’s overall economy. At times it grew slowly, at times it was whittled down and at times it exploded. But to this day, it has not been repaid fully.
- By the end of the Civil War, the national debt was $2.7 billion.
- By the end of World War I, it was $22 billion.
- The Great Depression and the buildup to World War II brought it to $51 billion.
- And it reached $260 billion after World War II.
Modern Federal Debt
During the post-war years, the debt’s growth matched inflation, but it more than tripled between 1980 and 1990. It dipped briefly after the end of the Cold War, but by the end of 2008 the nation’s public debt had reached $10.3 trillion – 10 times its 1980 level.
The government’s debt actually consists of two components:
- Its public, or marketable, debt (treasury notes, bonds and bills) is held by investors outside the federal government. These include individuals, corporations, the Federal Reserve System and foreign, state and local governments. As of February 2012, $5.1 trillion, or approximately one half of the debt held by the public, was owned by foreign investors, the largest of which are China and Japan who both own over $1 trillion in treasury securities.
- The second component is intra-government debt in non-marketable securities. These are held in government accounts such as the Social Security Trust Fund but owed to program beneficiaries. In other words, it is money borrowed by the federal government from itself, but which it eventually, by law, must pay back to its citizens.
As of March 2012, the amount of government debt held by the public was $10.85 trillion, and the amount of intra-governmental debt was $4.74 trillion, for a total national debt of $15.6 trillion.
And the U.S. national debt increases by roughly $4 billion every day.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) forecasts the gross federal debt at $16.3 trillion by the end of the 2012 fiscal year. According to a recent U.S. Treasury report to Congress, it will reach $19.6 trillion by 2015.
Staggering as the national debt figures are, without context, it is difficult to qualify the nature of the national debt and the part it plays in our country’s fiscal behavior. So one way in which the national debt has historically been evaluated and given context, is by examining its relationship to our country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is the sum total of all goods and services produced in the nation in any given year.
Over many decades, the national debt’s percentage of the GDP has swung wildly based on various administration’s borrowing and spending habits. But every fiscal year that the government runs a deficit (spending more than it takes in), it has to borrow more money to fund its operations, thus bumping up debt’s percentage of the GDP. And we have run deficits every year this century.
During the George W. Bush presidency, debt held by the public as a percentage of GDP rose to 62 percent by 2008, as the gross public debt (marketable and intra-government securities) increased from $5.7 trillion to $10.7 trillion.
Under Barack Obama, the debt swelled to $15.6 trillion and its percentage of GDP topped 103 percent by March of 2012. That means that in 2012, our national debt will exceed our GDP – we now owe more than the size of our entire economy.
Another useful assessment that provides context for the national debt is its relationship to government spending: the U.S. government borrows about 42 cents of every dollar it spends. And approximately $1 out of every $4 dollars that it borrows goes to pay just the interest on the national debt.
Based on these assessments of debt’s recent enormous growth, its rising costs and its outpacing the GDP, there are those who believe that this economic dynamic is ultimately untenable. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal government’s auditor, argues that the United States is on an “unsustainable” financial path and that serious negative repercussions will result if the debt problem is not addressed.
Political sparks flew in the summer of 2011 as Congress and the Obama administration battled over the raising of the debt ceiling, which is the legal limit of funds that the government can borrow in a fiscal year.
Evolution of Government Debt
The debt ceiling was first enacted in 1917 to provide a more flexible way for Congress to authorize debt. Under the Second Liberty Bond Act, it removed the need to approve each individual debt issuance separately and established a limit on the total amount of bonds it could issue and sell.
The debt ceiling has been raised 74 times since 1962 – 12 times in the last 10 years, alone. In 1979, the House of Representatives passed a rule to automatically raise the debt ceiling when passing a budget, without the need for a separate vote – except if and when it decides to waive the rule. It did so in 1995 and again, last year. The current debt ceiling of $16.394 trillion was authorized in January, 2012.
There is continuing public debate as to whether or not this huge government debt endangers either the country’s prosperity or its economic stability.
Potential negative consequences mentioned include the risk that a high debt level will:
- Undermine the nation’s ability to repay its loans in the eyes of its debtors, thus raising interest rates and the cost of borrowing more money.
- Retard economic growth and bring about increased inflation, especially if the government must print more money to pay its bills.
- Force the government to raise taxes in order to keep up with our interest payments and other obligations.
- Divert a growing portion of savings toward the purchase of government debt rather than investments in productive enterprises.
THE ECONOMY WAS DAMAGED BY MASSIVE WALL STREET FRAUD OF TENS OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS---RULE OF LAW REQUIRED OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RECOVER THAT FRAUD BRINGING NOT ONLY NO NATIONAL DEBT BUT A PROFIT FOR THE PUBLIC.
And that once the economic recovery is established there will be ample time to tackle the debt problem.
Others point out that because interest rates are so low, the debt service payment on the national debt (about $250 billion) relative to the size of the economy is less than it was throughout most of the past three decades – 1.6 percent of American output vs. 3 percent or more during the four administrations prior to Obama.
Regardless of how one views the extent of our national debt and the real or potential harm is it doing to our economy, here’s one more perspective worth considering: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 312 million Americans.
If the 2012 national debt is $16.3 trillion, then every American owes $52,244 to our country’s creditors.
Most people are aware that Hollywood and Wall Street work together to create cultural values and movements. It's been true since the 1920s. The time in which you live never is the time you think WHERE IS THIS CULTURE TAKING US? We simply live it. I was living that professional life in the 1990s when all the top songs were ones that played out these few decades but we didn't think too negatively of this culture then. Think of songs like Pink Floyd and MONEY MONEY MONEY------of WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS------or Michael Jackson's Cola commercial WE ARE THE WORLD. This was AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM rearing its head but the average citizen does not interpret this as a global wealth and power takeover of all our wealth and sovereignty with this ONE WORLD ONE RELIGION ONE GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNAL RULE goal. That was indeed the cultural attitude for Americans being staged in Reagan/Clinton neo-liberalism 1990s. Below you see another top song in the 1990s which was when Clinton and Republicans started this attack on our public education structures --university and K-12 with defunded schools, an education reform that lowered achievement, and a general dislike of our public schools because of it. What goes better with this goal than this song-----WE DON'T NEED NO EDUCATION----TEACHER'S LEAVE THOSE KIDS ALONE.
Bush's culture of war, militarization, surveillance and spying was the far-right movement towards this global corporate fascism today and what did we see most of during Bush years? War, violence, international spying and intrigue. Video games glorified these cultural stances and as a woman it really undermined our women's empowerment movement. This was the positioning to be taken during the Obama years. Obama's years were about selling the American people that they had the power to be that 1%----from reality TV where people supposedly called in to decide who the next TOP SINGER---WHERE PEOPLE WORKING HARD BECAME THAT MASTER CHEF---the culture of undermining others to get to the top. SHOW ME THE MONEY was now how people climbed the economic ladder----doing anything asked of the 1%. Now we have a small percentage of people from each population group telling us----you must come to us if you want a job. No local economy where everyone inserts themselves as they think best for them----we are now all racing to our 5% to the 1% trying to receive PATRONAGE. As that 5% is killed this next decade EVERYONE will be simply doing what global corporate campus/global factories tell them to. DON'T GO DOWN THE DRAIN WITH A CRIMINAL CLASS OF 5%-----
FIGHT TO STOP AND REVERSE THIS BECAUSE THERE IS NO WINNING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONE INSTALLATION----IT WILL BE COMPLETE FAR-RIGHT AUTHORITARIAN MARXISM.
PLEASE FIGHT FOR OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION STRUCTURES-----
you cannot be a Wall Street Baltimore Development 'justice' organization PRETENDING to be building and fighting for underserved families and education when you are teamed with Wall Street and global pols and THEIR education policies.
Today the top stars are showing us the glamor of EMPIRE and being a success on the GLOBAL STAGE. This is like winning the lottery----so few people are allowed to attain this status and it is Wall Street and global corporations who pick and choose----don't believe your phone call to DANCING WITH THE STARS did this.
We don't need no education
Fragmento de la pélicula "The Wall", subtitulado en español. Canción: "Another brick in the wall, part 2"youtube.com 3:38 5 years ago
This song is perfect setting for breaking down public education structures making them the enemy of citizens. Information freedom allows people to choose their own education interests beyond what they make to be mind control of public school classrooms. What is happening today is the breakdown of those avenues to information and the building of corporate classrooms that really do take freedom and choice away.
WE ARE BEING MADE BY THE 1% -----ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL.
This is what Baltimore's pols install these few decades as well as these newly elected-----they have no regard to a future for the citizens living in our city----Every Wall Street Baltimore Development 'labor and justice' organization is tied to installing this----whether Maryland Assembly or Baltimore City Hall pol or these organization leaders-----get rid of these 5% working for the 1%!
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Back to CITY PLANNING and another look at public spaces. I know I am making some long time traditionalists uncomfortable but these policies of festivals and community activities are driven all around development when citizens would rather create their own public spaces.
I LOVE FARMER'S MARKETS AND FRESH FOOD VENUES----I CENTER EACH COMMUNITY ECONOMY AROUND IT SO I AM NOT CRITICIZING THIS EFFORT.
The question comes----why do we have a downtown farmers market under the I 83 underpass in the midst of homeless shelters, the jail, homeless encampments and not on an open piazza at the Federal Building Charles Center never used for ANYTHING. The Mechanic Theater is being demolished so it may be a mess right now but for years I asked The Jubilee folks---these are the Wall Street Baltimore Development development promoters---why are there not festivals all over downtown all the time as any REAL actively growing city? Standing right there on this large public space where this Sunday farmers market would fit nicely. Food trucks and venders can park all around the block as people enter the central space where vendor booths with food, arts, textiles are sold. It vitalizes an already gentrified area, is clean and open air ----but Jubilee said---well, city hall will not fund these festivities. Jubilee does fund festivities in its North Arts Station doing just the same so the money is there it is only tied to development. They placed the farmer's market under the I83 underpass I am told because they wanted to get people used to being in that homeless/prison area---coming soon to development.
THIS IS NOT AN EITHER/OR THING. CLAIMING THAT FEDERAL BUILDING OPEN PARK SPACE AS A PUBLIC MEETING/FESTIVAL AREA SHOULD HAVE OCCURRED DECADES AGO AND SHOULD NOW BE DONE.
They do not because they intend to close Federal structures in US International Economic Zones since these zones are not to be under US control ----they are global economic colonies. This Federal space downtown has been left empty and unused because a Master Plan drawn in the 1980s-90s saw this real estate as privatized and not public.
LET THEM GO TO THE I-83 UNDERPASS TO DEVELOP THAT CRUMBLING SECTION OF BALTIMORE.
I don't see farmer's markets on any public space because there are fewer and fewer public spaces in Baltimore's city center. An aside----even that Federal space under I83 will be gone as they tear down this highway into downtown. That is not a bad thing but it shows a complete loss of public space.
Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 7:00am to 12:00pm Every Sunday underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga streets
- Fresh finds at the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar.
While strolling through Maryland's largest producers-only market (producers-only meaning all vendors make what they sell), shoppers can revel at the sight of a vast quantity of foods, including crisp seasonal fruits and vegetables, poultry, seafood, beef, pork, lamb, bison, goat, rabbit, fresh baked goods, flavorful herbs and organically raised and produced milk, yogurt, butter, eggs and cheese products. Additionally, dozens of food vendors add spice to the market with multicultural cuisine such as popular pit beef sandwiches, omelets and breakfast burritos, crepes, wood fired pizzas, pies and quiches, soups, noodles and dumplings. Vegan items are sold as well. Many of our farmers accept credit/debit, and Independence cards, and there is an ATM on site.2 days until the event
The bazaar offers shoppers a variety of unique crafts and collectibles including jewelry, handbags, hair accessories, clothing, rugs, pottery and wooden items, stained glass and photographs.
Maryland’s largest producers-only market offers an assortment of produce, meats, dairy, breads, flowers, collectibles and crafts on Sundays between April 17, 2016 and December 18, 2016 from 7am to sell out (typically noon). Many Sundays also feature live music performances and cooking demonstrations. The market is located below the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga streets.
Weekly Cooking Demos
Cooking demonstrations are on tap at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar! Kevin Brown kicks off weekly cooking demonstrations at the Market from 9:30 to 11:30am. Brown is co-owner and operator of two cafes in the city's Station North Arts and Entertainment District: Station North Arts Café Gallery and Nancy by SNAC.
Throughout the years, Brown has been a frequent emcee, host and/or "tasting" judge at many of the area's most popular food events including The Food for Thought stage at the Baltimore Book Festival, Farm to Table Chef Competition and The Boone Street Farm. His next enterprise, "Uptown/Downtown," a garden bar and grill hybrid, is scheduled to open in early 2017.
Other upcoming demonstrations include Ben Lefenfeld, mastermind chef of La Cuchara, demonstrating the ease of Spanish cuisine, market-to-table on Sunday, May 29.
Demos are held near the Saratoga Street entrance. Market goers are encouraged to stop by and pick up helpful cooking tips, recipes and delicious samples. Stay tuned for more cooking demonstrations throughout the season. The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar runs on Sundays from 7am to noon through December 18, 2016.
2016 Farmers and Food Vendors
2016 Bazaar Vendors
Market & Bazaar Map
Market Walking Tour
Shoppers can stay in touch with the market and participating vendors all year long on Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtag #BmoreFarmersMkt.
SAN FRANCISCO IS NOW SIMPLY ONE BIG GLOBAL GOOGLE CAMPUS-----SURROUNDING AREAS ALREADY FILLED WITH TOXIC WASTE DUMPING FROM ITS TECHNOLOGY WASTE---AND NO PUBLIC SPACES.
The critical policy on city planning today with global corporate campus and International Economic Zones is PRIVATELY-OWNED PUBLIC SPACE. This is central in all East Baltimore, Harbor East, and now Cove Point UnderARmour. They PRETEND these spaces are built to be open to the public---it is OUR PUBLIC SPACE----but of course at any time and soon that space will not be public. This will happen as well with our public libraries. They will move to have them take different shapes---they'll but books somewhere else as with the current privatization of our POST OFFICE. These policies should have people out in the streets fighting because you are not citizens if there is no PUBLIC SPACE. Here we see Baltimore's model of San Fran with global Google basically the entire city using this privately-owned public space.
Privately-Owned Public Open Space and Public Art (POPOS)
On this page
POPOS and Public Art in San Francisco
POPOS & Public Art Map
Fine Arts Guidelines
Today's Downtown Gallery
About the Downtown Plan
Documents & Links
Public art space plaza
public art space lobby
public art space rooftop gardern
public art psace stone scultpure
public art space interior greenery
Privately-Owned Public Open Space (POPOS)
Privately-owned public open spaces (POPOS) are publicly accessible spaces in forms of plazas, terraces, atriums, small parks, and even snippets which are provided and maintained by private developers. In San Francisco, POPOS mostly appear in the Downtown office district area. Prior to 1985, developers provided POPOS under three general circumstances: voluntarily, in exchange for a density bonus, or as a condition of approval. The 1985 Downtown Plan created the first systemic requirements for developers to provide publicly accessible open space as a part of projects in C-3 Districts. The goal was to “provide in the downtown quality open space in sufficient quantity and variety to meet the needs of downtown workers, residents and visitors.” Since then, project sponsors for residential projects may provide POPOS instead of their required open spaces in the Downtown Residential (DTR) and Eastern Neighborhoods (Section 135 of the Planning Code).
San Francisco has a 1% Art Program that requires all projects involving new building, or the addition of 25,000 square feet or more in the Downtown and nearby neighborhoods, provide public art equal to at least 1% of the total construction cost. This program was established by the 1985 Downtown Plan and is governed by Section 429 of the Planning Code. Since May 2012, some projects may choose to dedicate a portion of their 1% Art requirement to the City's Public Art Trust. To read more about the requirements, and the Public Art Trust, please read the Public Art Requirement Fact Sheet.
In 2013, Section 429 of the Planning Code was amended to expand the public art requirement to all non-residential projects that involve a new building or addition in excess of 25,000 square feet in 15 zoning districts, concentrated in sections north of downtown along the waterfront, most of the South of Market, Dogpatch, and parts of the Mission District. Read a summary of the current requirements for Public Art.
POPOS & Public Art Map
In the summers of 2011 and 2012, for the first time, Planning Department staff visited all POPOS and required Public Artworks and created a comprehensive database. Since then, staff have routinely updated the database to show the latest built and public art. The resulting map below is intended to raise awareness of such spaces and works of art that are available to the public. This map displays POPOS and Public Artworks in San Francisco.
To avoid selection error, please zoom in to the area of interest in order to separate overlapping icons.
Map Instructions: Click on any POPOS to get more information. Type an address and click the magnifying glass to move the map to that address. POPOS with certain features can be selected in this map. When “Food Available” is marked, only POPOS that have Food available directly adjacent to the space will show. When two or more features are selected at the same time, only POPOS that include ALL those features will remain on the map.
darker green icon POPOS marked with the darker green icon are subject to the Downtown Plan.
lighter green icon POPOS marked with the lighter green represent POPOS that are provided prior to 1985 and may or may not be subject to signage requirements.
public art icon Public Artworks provided as a part of the Downtown Plan requirement are also available on this map.
POPOS provide a great value to workers, residents and visitors of the Downtown. This value is lost if the spaces are not readily identifiable and accessible. In 2012 the City approved legislation that upgraded the signage controls, requiring additional information be provided about the POPOS and regulating the size, design, and content of the plaques. A new well-designed logo brands these POPOS to help the public understand the individual spaces as part of a larger network. Installing the plaque at every pedestrian entrance will direct the public to interior and rooftop spaces.
Read a summary of the current requirements for
The Planning Department’s Zoning and Compliance Division reviews POPOS sites for compliance that were approved subject to the requirements of the Downtown Plan (darker green icons on the map). Property owners of POPOS that are not in compliance with signage AND other Conditions of Approval related to open space requirements will be notified of complaints.
As a result of recent changes to law and the related enforcement efforts, some existing spaces received new signage, such as this POPOS located at 1 Kearny Street (approved in 2006):
Popos signage on front door of building entrance
POPOS that are not in compliance will be subject to further enforcement action that may result in penalties per Section 176 of the Planning Code. If you believe that one of the mapped locations for public art or POPOS is out of compliance, you can get information on filing a complaint here.
Fine Arts Guidelines
The “Fine Arts Guidelines”, approved in 1986, clarifies how this requirement should be met. This document stresses that the goal of the Downtown Art program is to achieve a more vital and interesting downtown while safeguarding the many subjective choices which can be made in the process. The Guidelines specify the process and the roles that developers, architects and artist play, emphasizing the many avenues by which the 1% expenditure can be creatively made.
Today's Downtown Gallery
More than 25 years since the adoption of the Downtown Plan, downtown has seen the growth of an extensive outdoor gallery that enriches the environment for workers and tourists alike. The spirit of the 1% for Art requirement is to ensure that the public has access to high-quality and variety in art. To help catalog the Downtown public art gallery and to increase public access to this art, the Planning Department has created a map displaying the locations and images of public art in the downtown district (see below), and a printable guide available for download: Today's Downtown Gallery.
About the Downtown Plan
The groundbreaking "Downtown Plan," adopted in 1985, was developed under the fundamental assumption that significant employment and office development growth would occur. New commercial development would provide new revenue sources to cover a portion of the costs of necessary urban service improvements. Specific programs were created to satisfy needs for additional housing, transit, childcare, open space, and art.
The global billionaires being brought to Baltimore so far are Bloomberg attached to Hopkins----Bezos tied to Amazon.com global warehouses----and Plank with UnderArmour. Each of these campuses are the recipients of funding deemed SOCIAL BENEFIT at tax exemption and Federal, state, and local revenue subsidy for what is being called PUBLIC ART ON PUBLIC SPACES. None of these spaces are public and any objects built whether spectacular park infrastructure or objects of art will revert to the owner of the property. This is simply yet again-----CORPORATE SUBSIDY FOR DEVELOPMENT ----going not to neighborhoods where citizens decide on what to spend that money ---a corporate foundation will decide that thank you very much.
DO YOU THINK YOU ARE CITIZENS ----YOUR TAX REVENUE IS OURS AS PATRONS TO SPEND ON YOUR BEHALF SAYS JOHNS HOPKINS AND WALL STREET BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT!
Locust Point looks to be more of an Amazon.com campus expansion area but below we see how citizens in Baltimore are becoming enraged at this global corporate sloganeering all over our city center. UnderArmour placed its logo on yet another valued public park-----FEDERAL HILL PARK. Now, if you are a city planner for the global corporate 1% you do not want the public to have control of a strategic site as Federal Hill Park---and you can bet that UnderArmour logo was sending that message. Federal Hill Park has a history of being the site where citizens were able to see the movement of British ships into our downtown harbor.
BALTIMORE CITIZENS ARE LOSING ALL PUBLIC ACCESS TO WATERFRONT PROPERTY AS THESE GLOBAL CAMPUSES EXPAND----IT WILL CONTINUE EAST AND WEST.
City planning done in the public interest places the public real estate holdings in just these areas because they are strategic and the public needs to be central in areas especially around the waterfront. WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE PROTECTORS OF OUR CITY---NOT GLOBAL CORPORATIONS.
'The next speaker was King, who rose to show the group a sketch of Under Armour’s new visitor center, planned to open in the neighborhood next year.
King was greeted with applause. He heard no complaints. In fact, one resident asked King, to laughter, if Under Armour could buy the city’s Department of Public Works and make it more efficient'.
Don't worry-----Baltimore Public Works Department is already operated by global VEOLA ENVIRONMENT----a Hopkins and I am sure UnderArmour major shareholder. To have someone making such a comment-------Who is this King? He was Mayor Rawlings-Blake's Board of Estimates Public Works Director FOR GOODNESS SAKE
Under Armour Changes Attitudes in Locust Point
Locust Point — 10 January 2013
By CNS Staff
Capital News Service
7By Jimmy Reed
Capital News Service
Return to Locust Point: A Changing Waterfront
BALTIMORE – When Under Armour first opened in Baltimore in 1999, the sports apparel company joined a Locust Point community that has long been a home for industry. But not this type of industry.
Under Armour, whose UA logo marks uniforms and athletic apparel distributed across the globe, moved into a scrubbed brick complex that sits next to grittier old port operations, which were the traditional Locust Point employers.
The Under Armour headquarters is not a factory but an office campus. Now, about 1,250 people come to work at Under Armour on Key Highway every day, a huge workday population increase for a neighborhood of about 2,100 people.
The Under Armour logo hangs on an overpass near the company’s Locust Point complex, in front of the Domino Sugar factory’s famous sign. By Kate Yoon/Capital News Service
The company wants to hire 500 more workers over the next 10 years, which means more traffic, less parking — and, inevitably, suspicion from Locust Point residents.
So Under Armour has made one man the company’s face in Locust Point: Shawn King.
“This campus is right in the middle of Locust Point,” King, a Rockville native, said. “We have houses and neighbors and a community that are basically intertwined with us around the campus. So you really don’t have a choice but to work with the community.”
This is not what King thought he would be doing when he left a Minneapolis-based retail design consulting firm in 2007 to take a job with Under Armour as a retail designer.
In that job, King was in charge of Under Armour’s Shop in Shop design, a “store-within- a-store concept,” at retail stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods or Sports Authority.
But last year, Under Armour decided to make him the director of campus development and design. They also made him the company’s official liaison to the community.
Now King, 49, with a degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, goes to monthly civic association meetings. He gives residents his e-mail address. He explains his company’s plans. He listens to complaints — all while making a 45-minute commute to Locust Point from Bel Air, where he lives with his wife and three children.
King says he is no politician. So, when he took on the responsibility of being Under Armour’s quasi-public relations officer to the community, he encountered some rough patches at first.
“It was a bit overwhelming to begin with, because what you’re trying to do is find your voice with (the community) while they’re not necessarily trusting you from the beginning,” King said.
Trust in Under Armour has never been easy for some Locust Point residents.
Over the span of a decade, Under Armour’s headquarters has grown from a one-level, one-story building into a six-building complex covering half a million square feet that still wants to expand deeper into the small confines of Locust Point.
“From my perspective, the very first instinct the community had about Under Armour was that it was up to no good,” said Terry Hickey, the Locust Point Civic Association president.
“The mentality was, ‘They are trying to take us over.’ Now, I think people have lost an alertness to Under Armour. The official community stance is that they are willing to cooperate,” Hickey said.
Over the last few decades, national corporate headquarters have disappeared from Baltimore, which makes Under Armour all the more visible.
Its logo is seen all over the city. Drivers along Interstate 95 see the Under Armour billboard next to the fierce face of the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Lewis, over the phrase “Welcome To Baltimore.”
Baltimore City Councilman William H. Cole IV, who used to live in Locust Point, said Under Armour provides all of Baltimore with a sense of pride in addition to jobs. “It is important for Under Armour to be here. As they continue to grow, it is important that they stay here,” Cole said.
King believes the neighborhood now is invested in the company.
“I feel like it’s important to have visibility and recognition within the community to show that you are interested in the community and that you are looking for a relationship.”
At a recent Locust Point Civic Association meeting, community members heard from Alfred H. Foxx Jr., the city’s director of public works, who was there to field impatient questions about street paving. He was peppered with complaints from residents tired of torn-up pavement.
The next speaker was King, who rose to show the group a sketch of Under Armour’s new visitor center, planned to open in the neighborhood next year.
King was greeted with applause. He heard no complaints. In fact, one resident asked King, to laughter, if Under Armour could buy the city’s Department of Public Works and make it more efficient.
“Shawn is very good at his job and is extremely active in speaking with the community association. He in particular is very in tune with the community and people get to know him,” Hickey said.
King is trying to blend his day-to-day design responsibilities at Under Armour with visibility in the neighborhood.
“You have to be honest, friendly, and truthful in the way that you approach a situation, and a fairly decent negotiator — because the asks are sometimes huge. And sometimes it’s just a little ask, but you still have to figure out what it is that (the community) is actually asking from you,” King said.
“There is always going to be the challenge to have these roles aligned, but they may not,” King added.
“So what you want to do is work the problem, find the solution. And I think as long as you approach it from that perspective, then it’s really about understanding where the differences lie between what the community wants and what Under Armour needs to do,” he said.
Under Armour recently won revisions to its planned unit development (PUD), a set of rules that govern its land use, and detailed its expansion for the next five to seven years. The company plans to build an 80,000-square-foot office building along with an 800-space parking garage.
King said this process took about six months of negotiating with the Locust Point Civic Association, as required by the city of Baltimore. The residents were concerned about issues including traffic, walking routes, and heights of any new buildings.
King said the expansion will not affect community residents’ views of the waterfront.
“We were very thoughtful in the way we approached adding square footage to the campus,” considering how precious the waterfront is to the community.
This fall, the city approved $35 million that will include funds for improving roads, landscaping and parks around the expanded Under Armour campus.
“We have had great growth since the inception of this company, but nobody can control what the economy does in the future,” King said. “The biggest thing moving forward is how we can sustain the progress we have made,” he said.
Global Google now owns San Francisco and it does there what Johns Hopkins and now its partner in crime UnderArmour will do in Baltimore. Both Port of Baltimore and Port of San Francisco are now privatized to a global investment firm HighStar which is the money shifted from AIG from the subprime mortgage fraud with Ivy League universities as major shareholders so Hopkins controls Port of Baltimore and I would imagine Stanford controls policy Port of San Francisco. We know Google built a huge complex off the coast to house its SUPER-COMPUTERS AND GLOBAL INTERNET TECHNOLOGY CENTER NECESSITATING SO MUCH ENERGY AND BATTERY CONDUCTIVITY AS TO NEED A FLOATING ISLAND.
Below we see more of the same----what looks to be a highly securitized cargo container shipping dock without any public oversight and accountability. Citizens are not supposed to even wonder what global corporations are doing in these US International Economic Zones---they have no power as Federal, state, and local laws do not apply.
The same has been happening in Baltimore these few decades of O'Malley, Dixon, and Rawlings-Blake. It is why PUGH was the candidate 'MARYLAND' wanted to win the Mayoral election because they DON'T CARE WHERE ALL THIS LEADS----JUST SHOW THEM THE MONEY!
'Goldzband would not speculate about what kind of action might result if it was determined that there was a violation, but he said that the commission has the power to levy fines as well as to issue "cease-and-desist" orders'.
Any city planning has the public in charge of ports and coastline. Not in Baltimore or above in San Fran----as in other coastal US International Economic Zones.
Google's mystery barge in San Francisco Bay under investigation
SAN FRANCISCO | By Alexei Oreskovic
A barge built with four levels of shipping containers is seen at Pier 1 at Treasure Island in San Francisco, California October 28, 2013. How badly does Google want to keep under wraps a mysterious project taking shape on a barge in San Francisco Bay? Badly enough to require...
Reuters/Stephen LamThe agency that oversees development in the San Francisco Bay in California has begun a formal investigation into the construction of a secretive Google Inc barge on an island in the bay.
The probe, which began in the past week, will examine what permits are needed to build the barge and whether the owners of the Treasure Island pier where the vessel is moored have the proper permits, said Larry Goldzband, the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
"We want to make sure that the permits that are used by the owners of the pier actually allowed for construction to happen," Goldzband told Reuters on Wednesday, referring to what he described as "a preliminary and formal enforcement investigation."
Google officials informed Goldzband in a recent meeting that they are in the process of making changes to the barge's design which have been requested by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Jason Tama, a Coast Guard commander, said he could not comment on any specific cases, but noted that it was standard practice for the Coast Guard to inspect new construction to ensure that safety, security and environmental protection regulations are met. Changes to vessels are a common part of the process, he said.
Google did not return requests for comment.
The barge, which is made of steel shipping containers stacked four-stories high, has stirred intense speculation about its purpose since its existence was first reported in October. Google, the world's No.1 Internet search engine, has kept mum on what it intends to use the barge for.
Documents submitted to the Port of San Francisco in August describe an "artistic" technology exhibition space.
A report in the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday, citing documents that Google submitted to barge builder Turner Construction Co, refer to a "floating retail store."
A floating retail store might raise questions with the conservation and development commission, which issues permits for vessels that are moored in one spot for an extended time.
The current investigation is focused on the construction of the barge, rather than its future use. The probe, which should take a few weeks, will look at who owns the pier, who uses it and for what purposes, said Goldzband.
Bay Ship and Yacht Co has a lease with Treasure Island for Pier One which ran until November 30, according to documents provided to Reuters by the Treasure Island Development Authority earlier this year. The director of the development authority was not immediately available on Wednesday.
Bay Ship and Yacht Co could not immediately be reached for comment.
Goldzband would not speculate about what kind of action might result if it was determined that there was a violation, but he said that the commission has the power to levy fines as well as to issue "cease-and-desist" orders.
You would have to be a super-hero to attend all these zoning meetings in Baltimore and yet this should be central in any justice organization's activism agenda. The Wall Street Baltimore Development 'justice' organizations are used to create justification for zoning under the guise of small business that then simply moves real estate into the hands of global corporations. Zoning what is public real estate into the hands of private calling it SOCIAL BENEFIT when the goal leads to anything but social benefit.
The most common are greening gardens, our public school grounds, and as we know----our Clyburn Park slated to become an affluent hotel and grounds. Baltimore must have independent activists aware of when the captured 'justice' organizations pose progressive in this use of SOCIAL BENEFIT.
- Tue, Dec 15, 2015, 6:00 PM
- Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, West Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD
- Transform Baltimore, the city’s proposed new zoning code, is currently being reviewed by City Council. The draft code was introduced to the City Council and referred to the Land Use and Transportation Committee in 2012. Since then, council members, community members, and organizations have submitted amendments to the text of the code and the accompanying maps. The committee is reviewing and voting on the close to 1,000 amendments, which can be found here ( https://baltimore.legistar.com/Legislati... ), item 25 in the attachments. If you would like to attend the Land Use and Transportation Committee’s voting sessions on the text of the proposed code, please view their calendar ( https://baltimore.legistar.com/Departmen... ).
After reviewing and voting on the text amendments, they will begin voting on the map amendments. The rescheduled public hearing to discuss map amendments for Bill 12-0152 will be held on December 15th at 6pm at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane.
The Zoning maps to be discussed with relevant Planning Commission recommended amendments are here http://rewritebaltimore.org/pdf/AllCounc... Also, zoning changes can be searched by address here http://cityview.baltimorecity.gov/rezoni....
One of the biggest green spaces in the Greater Baltimore region is Leakin Park. The idea that a state and city could not fund oversight and accountability of such a vital environmental and public interest space as this park shows leadership with no moral or ethical values. We are stewards of the land. This park was abandoned in public oversight because Leakin Park is right where yet another global corporate footprint is taking hold-----Gwynns Falls. Follow Warnock and his Wall Street charter chain---THE GREEN STREET ACADEMY to know it is slated to be a global corporate campus and Leakin Park will be folded right into this campus as privately owned---
- Green Street Academy breaks ground on $23M school - Baltimore ...www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2015/01/28/green... The renovation of the former Gwynns Falls Junior High School is expected to be completed in time for the next school year.
As with our Cylburn Park each large public park space comes with a mansion------and here is what will go when this park is privatized to the coming global corporate campus/global factory
Crimea Estate Leakin Park
Historical Information Center
1901 Eagle Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21207
IT'S ALL ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY SAYS ERHLICH/O'MALLEY/HOGAN WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERALS AND NEO-CONS.
Isn't Gwynn Falls where Muslim communities are being created? Global corporate campus coming your way!
Baltimore’s Leakin Park: the dumping ground for murdered bodies
December 11, 20145:02am
Podcast leads to murder case appeal
Caroline ZielinskiNews Corp Australia Network
THEY were all under 10, and their mutilated bodies were found in an overgrown section of Baltimore’s Leakin Park in April, 1968.
Larry, 9, and Matt Jefferson, 5, Louis Hill, 10, and 10-year-old Lester Watson were murdered by janitor Reginald Vernon Oates, 18, who was found carrying a bag containing the genitalia of three of his young victims.
When police examined the bodies, they also found that one boy had been decapitated, his little hands cut off, and another had had his throat cut.
Oates was committed to a mental institution in 1968, where he has been since. He continues to petition the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for release.
Outward beauty ... The genteel park hides harrowing secrets.Source:Flickr
Murderer ... Reginald Vernon Oates was committed to a mental facility in 1968 after murdering and mutilating four little boys.Source:Supplied
The four little boys were the second group of bodies found in what has become known as a mass dumping ground of murdered victims in the US state of Maryland.
To the naked eye, Baltimore’s Leakin Park — which adjoins Gwynns Falls Park — is a 485-hectare expanse of greenery, shadowed by romantic woodland and a natural forest largely untouched by humans.
Families visit the park to ride steam engines and ponies, and participate in kids’ rides. A group of volunteers called Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, Inc maintain the park and donate money towards keeping the park’s nurture centre open.
It has risen to worldwide prominence in recent months via the phenomenal podcast, Serial. The dead teenager at the centre of the true-crime story was found buried in a shallow grave in Leakin Park.
Yet, its beauty has been marred by death and crime since the first body was discovered in 1948. Richard Truman was 13 years old when he was accidentally shot and killed by 15-year-old Robert Clayton Wright, who panicked and stashed the teen’s body in Leakin Park, unwittingly starting a horrific trend which has seen the discovery of 68 bodies (that have been accounted for).
Minefield ... The bodies found in Leakin Park in recent decades, including that of Hae Min Lee, the strangled teenager whose murder is retold in the podcast Serial.Source:News Corp Australia
Another famous case included the murder of 20-year-old Eugene Leroy Anderson, a Black Panther party sympathiser, whose skeleton — still clothed — was found by police on October 27, 1969.
According to Baltimore’s City Paper, Anderson was kidnapped tortured by Black Panther members — a nationalist and socialist organisation made up of black community members formed as a response to police brutality — after they suspected him of being an FBI informer. His eyes were gauged out, alcohol was rubbed on his body and he was beaten and scratched for two days before being killed. Although police sought and charged many members of the Baltimore Black Panther branch, no one served time for his murder.
Family park ... Despite its reputation as a mass gravesite, families continue to flock to Leakin Park. Photo: Flickr Leakin Park, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States,Source:Flickr
Although well-known to Baltimore locals, Leakin Park — pronounced “Linkin” — has recently gained global notoriety through Serial, the podcast which has taken the world by storm after (unofficially) reopening the cold-case of Hae Min Lee, a popular Baltimore high school student who was murdered in 1999, and her body found … you guessed it … in Leakin Park.
Hae Min Lee, the murdered ex-girlfriend of Adnan Syed. Her murder investigation was unofficially reopened by Serial producer Sarah Koenig on October 3, 2014. Picture: Supplied.Source:Supplied
Adnan Syed. Picture: Supplied.Source:Supplied
When interviewing locals for the third episode of Serial, presenter Sarah Koenig was told that: “if you’re digging in Leakin Park to bury your body, you’re going to find somebody’s else’s”.
Hiker and trail maintenance worker at the park, Ellen Worthing, was so fascinated by the park’s history that she complied a list of all the known victims, setting up a website featuring the stories of some of the more horrific cases.
Map of Hae Min Lee's gravesite and the locations where the police found evidence. Picture: serialpodcast.orgSource:Supplied
In an interview with abc2 news site, Ms Worthing said that at first, she didn’t believe all the stories.
“I didn’t exactly believe all the stories that were provided to me — I thought some of them were telling tales.”
A self-described “enjoyer of the public library”, Ms Worthing started frequenting the local library and “looking up all the stories that had been told to me”.
“And I found out they were all true. I started to make a list, got more and more into it, and the project took off from there,” she said.
Somewhat perversely, the park has become a popular pop-cultural reference in crime films and TV shows either set in, or referring to, the Baltimore area.
Besides its prominence in Serial, the park has also featured in the TV series The Wire. During one episode, detectives Bunk Moreland and Lester Freamon search the infamous park for a body they think a drug lord may have stashed there. In one scene, Freamon reminisces about a search he previously conducted in the park, where his team was told to only look for bodies matching the description they were given.
Since the discovery of Hae Min Lee, 20 bodies have been found at the park. The last was that of 23-year-old Antoine Ellis, who was shot multiple times in the head before dying in hospital on November 23, 2012.