Despite Purple Line problems, Maryland will pursue public-private partnership for toll lane plan

Even as Maryland’s $5.6 billion public-private partnership for the Purple Line project is on the verge of collapsing mid-construction, the state is continuing to pursue a similar arrangement to add toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. State highway officials said they will work with companies earlier on the toll lane project to refine designs and cost estimates before any deal is signed. (Wash Post)

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McCormick donates $500K to social justice organizations in support of Black communities

McCormick & Co. Inc. has unveiled a list of more than 25 organizations to which it will donate a total of $500,000 as part of the spice maker's commitment to standing up for Black lives announced earlier this year. Greater Baltimore's largest public company, like many other companies across the U.S., promised a renewed focus on diversity and inclusion in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police this past spring. (Balt Bus Journal)

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With Save A Lot closing in Oliver, East Baltimore’s food desert grows

Protective metal barriers have been pulled down over the entries and windows of the Save A Lot grocery store in Oliver, and no shopping carts remain in the parking lot. In the same shopping center, the Chinese takeout spot, as well as the Hip Hop Fish & Chicken, appear to be doing just fine. Save A Lot, at 929 North Caroline Street, closed this week following a 50%-off sale, leaving no more fresh food options in this East Baltimore community located just west of the Johns Hopkins Medical complex. (Brew)

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How Under Armour is using technology to help consumers during the pandemic

Amid the turmoil caused by the Covid-19 pandemic this year, a bright spot for Under Armour Inc. has been the success of the sportswear maker's digital fitness applications and technology-connected footwear. Baltimore-based Under Armour had just unveiled a new major marketing campaign when the term "novel coronavirus" first became a part of the everyday lexicon at the beginning of the year. The company had to change its messaging and find a way to continue connecting with consumers as their behavior changed during lockdowns.  (Balt Bus Journal)

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Montgomery Co. apartment complex backs down on attempted rent increases

An apartment complex in Montgomery County, Maryland, has decided not to raise rents for residents during the coronavirus pandemic following an outcry from residents and county leaders. Montgomery County councilmember Tom Hucker said Park Montgomery Apartments on Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring backed down Friday on its attempt to illegally raise rents by as much as 33% during the pandemic. (WTOP)

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Demolition of East Baltimore’s McGarvey Industrial Park marks first step of ‘Equality Equation’

When the hulking, abandoned McGarvey Industrial Park complex on Belair Road comes down Monday, the demolition not only eliminates a grimy eyesore, but signals the first step in a wave of change a Baltimore couple hopes to bring to this area south of Clifton Park. Elizabeth and Pless Jones Jr. can claim credit for the building’s demise, as well as the broader vision for the more than 200 acres in the neighborhood that they hope to transform into a thriving community of homeowners. (Balt Sun)

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Next phase of Harbor Point development will add 350 luxury apartment units

An expansion of the 27-acre Harbor Point development to include 350 new luxury apartments, as well as parking and retail, is in the works. Beatty Development officials presented preliminary plans for the next phase of the $1 billion waterfront redevelopment to a city design panel this week. The addition will be located near Fells Point on "parcel four" of the Harbor Point project on Caroline Street near Thames Street. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Di Pasquale’s Named Best Takeout Restaurant In Maryland

During the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans have grown tired of cooking and opted for takeout. And as more Marylanders search for a bite to eat, a new report has found the state’s most sought after takeout restaurant. The winner is Di Pasquale’s Italian Marketplace and Deli in Baltimore. Move.org looked at the highest-rated takeout spots in the city, and based on the scores, the Highlandtown staple came in at number one. (WJZ-TV)

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