Thursday, April 11, 2013
Annapolis came in second place in a national poll to determine the best city for pet travelers.
An online poll hosted by Gopetfriendlyblog.com ended with Annapolis in second place in a race to determine what city is the most pet-friendly in the country. Carmel, CA, took the top spot for Best City for Pet Travelers with 55 percent of the vote in the final round. Annapolis took 45 percent of the vote. In total, more than 12,000 votes were cast. Still, second place is a comfortable spot after beating out more than 60 other cities nominated across the country. It's no secret that Annapolis opens its streets to pets. It's apparent when walking downtown where it's easy to spot multiple water dishes set out just for dogs. Do you think Annapolis got robbed in the poll?
Monday, April 8, 2013
Over the weekend, Annapolis beat out Bend, OR, to make it to the championship match.
Annapolis has made it into the championship round of an online poll that will select the nation's most friendly city for pets. The poll hosted by Gopetfriendlyblog.com is in the final round, after more than 60 other cities failed to make the cut. The final round is underway and you may vote once before Wednesday, April 10, at 11:59 p.m. Over the weekend, Annapolis beat out Bend, OR, to make it to the championship match, against Carmel, CA. And if the championship round turns out like the others, Annapolis is a shoo-in to win. It's no secret that Annapolis opens its streets to pets. It's apparent when walking downtown where it's easy to spot multiple water dishes set out just for dogs. What do you think makes Annapolis a special place for …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Following a vote from the Planning Commission, the City Council would next hear the plan's recommendations.
A plan that would lay the groundwork for massive changes at City Dock in downtown Annapolis will be up for debate among city planners in May. The Annapolis Planning Commission is scheduled to deliberate on the City Dock Master Plan at 7 p.m. on May 2. The public hearing on the plan was closed in March, during which dozens of residents and organizations turned out to voice varying levels of concern and support for the plan. In addition to adding more green space to the downtown district and retaining the view shed down Main Street, the plan seeks to open building heights up to five stories along Dock Street, and up to three stories at the Fawcett site. The plan was created by the 25-member City Dock Advisory Committee appointed by the mayor…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Buildings up to 70 feet tall could be built under the proposed recommendations for the plan.
More green space and room for new business ventures could benefit a transformed City Dock, but the potential for five-story buildings at the historic destination has some residents urging planners to take caution. At a public hearing at Annapolis City Hall on Thursday, dozens of residents spoke out about the City Dock Master Plan that establishes guidelines on how the gateway to the city's downtown could grow over time. The plan was unveiled in October, created by the 25-member City Dock Advisory Committee. Many residents at the Thursday hearing said the plan doesn't do enough to protect building height. Buildings of up to five stories could be built along Dock Street under the proposed recommendations for the plan, and up to three stories…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The presentation, which is open to the public, is on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Annapolis City Council chambers.
The process to adopt a master plan for City Dock continues and the public can attend a presentation Thursday night to learn more. The Annapolis City Council formally received the proposal in December 2012 and referred the master plan to several boards and commissions so that their members can review and comment. A presentation—open to the public—for those groups will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the council's chambers at 160 Duke of Gloucester St. An advisory committee spent two years developing the proposal that Chris Jakubiak, an urban planner hired by the city of Annapolis, presented to the council in November 2012. To view the proposal, click here. A public hearing will be held at the Planning Commission on March 21 at 7 p.m. See more:
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A customer has tacked up a banner outside for people to sign and share their memories of the iconic Annapolis shop as it prepares to close for good.
Outside of Stevens Hardware a new white banner with hand written messages overlaps the "Going Out of Business" signs that fill the Dock Street shop's windows. The banner reads: "Thank you Stevens Family for a lifetime of service and fond memories. From ... Annapolitans all over the world." In front of the sign sits a small wooden table and a basket of markers with a note that asks passersby to stop and share a memory about the iconic downtown business, which will close its doors for good on Christmas Eve. "A customer of ours called and asked if he could put it up," Mike Stevens said. "It was up when we got here [Wednesday] morning." He said the sign is a gift for his grandmother Marge Stevens—who has worked at the shop nearly every day for…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The machine will be used regularly to remove gum stuck to downtown city streets.
Downtown Annapolis streets will soon be gum free, or so is the hope of city officials who spent $17,000 on a new "gum busting" machine. The GumBuster, a high temperature power washer, was unveiled on Tuesday as part of Mayor Josh Cohen's beautification process for downtown. "It may seem like a small thing; a little wad of used gum ... All this gum adds up when you literally have thousands of compressed gum wads," Cohen said. He thinks it detracts from the beauty of downtown. "This isn't just some nondescript development that was thrown up. The buildings here are authentic ... Our physical environment is part of our enduring appeal," Cohen said. "One of the core services of city government is making sure the physical environment is top-…
The plan marks the end of the City Dock Advisory Committee, and it will now head to city departments and council committees for review.
The master plan to revamp City Dock took the next step towards implementation when City Council formally received the proposal at its Monday night meeting. "This is a milestone tonight as we disband the City Dock Advisory Committee," said Annapolis Chief of Comprehensive Planning Virginia Burke. "What begins next is the review process and then the adoption process." The advisory committee spent two years developing the proposal that Chris Jakubiak, an urban planner hired by the city of Annapolis, presented to the council at its Nov. 26 meeting. To view the proposal, click here. Under the plan, a 25-foot wide promenade would wrap around the waterfront on City Dock with a 3-foot sea wall to prevent flooding. The public space next to Market …
Friday, August 3, 2012
My Favorite Muffin's owner said she hopes to open the doors at her Main Street location in Annapolis by Labor Day.
A national restaurant franchise that specializes in muffins plans to open in downtown Annapolis next month. "We hope to be up and running the week of Labor Day," said owner Missy Maglin. My Favorite Muffin is under construction at 138 Main St. where Yofiore Yogurt Shop was located. The sign out front hasn't changed yet, but construction crews have been working for weeks to transform the interior. The store—which I used to frequent when I in Nevada—will sell muffins, bagels, coffee, smoothies and sandwiches. Maglin said the store also will have a wireless Internet connection for its customers. Right now, My Favorite Muffin needs to hire bakers, sandwich makers, cashiers and an assistant manager. People who are interested in applying can …
Friday, June 29, 2012
The City Dock Advisory Committee met with residents at the Community Services Building to talk about three approaches that would change the landscape of City Dock and downtown Annapolis.
Approximately 125 local residents met with the City Dock Advisory Committee Thursday evening to discuss a new vision for downtown, weighing such things as parking concerns against pedestrian walkways, and showing approval and disapproval with green and red dots. Chris Jakubiak, an urban planner hired by the city, kicked off the evening with a short film showcasing the pedestrian center of downtown Copehagen, Denmark. He and landscape architect Greg Burell were brought in to help lead the 25-member team working to produce the master plan for City Dock. "I'm enchanted with this Copenhagen plan, but I don't see how it could work here," Joe Cohen said. "That really means a really enormous commitment of time and money. You call it aspirational…