Baltimore’s top woman-owned firms and tourist attractions

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Here’s the schedule of Lists coming up soon and when you can find them. Up next: For Sept. 5, you’ll see our annual List of the 50 largest woman-owned companies based in Greater Baltimore. More Lists coming up: For Sept. 12, we’ll have our List of the 50 most popular tourist attractions in Greater Baltimore, ranked by attendance. Then on Sept. 19, look for our annual List of the top home builders, along with our Lists of the biggest local landscape architecture and landscape...

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Why SMU’s new $6.5M Chi Omega house went viral; it might not be what you think

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When Chi Omega's Iota Alpha chapter at Southern Methodist University decided to show off its new $6.5 million sorority house to the Dallas Business Journal, we were happy to feature the luxe digs on our website. The story about the renovation of the former SMU Faculty Club into a 25,000-square-foot mansion-like home for 40 lucky Chi Omega sorority sisters struck a nerve, bringing in more than 650,000 page views and inspired other news organizations such as Cosmopolitan to report on our story....

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Marriott selling unfinished Kauai Lagoons project for $60M

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Marriott Vacations Worldwide is in negotiations to sell its Kauai Lagoons project, one of the largest Hawaii construction projects to be stalled by the Great Recession, to Hawaii developer Ed Bushor for $60 million. Bushor, who also purchased, through a partnership with marine artist Wyland, the iconic Naniloa Volcanoes Resort on the Big Island late last year, confirmed to PBN on Friday that he is in negotiations with Marriott Vacations Worldwide for the Kauai Lagoons purchase. He says he...

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Honolulu Habitat for Humanity names Jim Murphy executive director

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Jim Murphy, a Chicago native and nonprofit veteran, has been named executive director of the Honolulu Habitat for Humanity. Murphy most recently worked with the American Cancer Society at Hawaii Health Systems, following a move here from Chicago about a year ago. “It’s a great organization that does a lot of amazing work,” he said about Habitat for Humanity. “Now that I’ve taken the helm, I was hoping to work with as many families as we can to help them get to their dream of homeownership.”...

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Metro West building leaves question mark on Baltimore’s west side

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The Superblock. The Baltimore Arena. And now Metro West. Those are the three big long-running question marks for the west side of downtown. Now Metro West, formerly home to the Social Security Administration, has an even more uncertain future with the government’s disclosure on Aug. 25 that it’s no longer pursuing a developer for the property. For more than a year the federal government had maintained it was searching for an odd “swap-construct” deal for the sprawling 1.1...

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ZipRealty buy adds 120 agents to Coldwell Banker’s Arizona ranks

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One-hundred and twenty real estate sales agents are joining Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locally after the acquisition of ZipRealty Inc. Coldwell’s parent company — New Jersey-based Realogy Holdings (NYSE: RLYGY) — acquired ZipRealty Inc. earlier this week for $166 million. That prompted Zip’s 120-person Phoenix office to join the regional Coldwell office. Coldwell will also benefit from Realogy’s acquisition of Zip’s technology, said Malcolm MacEwen, president and CEO of...

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Mega-project aims to connect South Lake Union, Capitol Hill

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Seattle's latest high-rise proposal will help tell the story why downtown has such a cattywampus – or, in this case off-tilt – street grid. Seattle real estate company Touchstone's latest project, called Tilt49, is one of the company's biggest ever, with a 36-story residential high-rise and an 11-story office tower on a half block in the Denny Triangle area of downtown. A city board is scheduled to review Tilt49's design at 7 p.m., Tuesday at City Hall. If Touchstone pulls off Tilt49, it...

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Davis live-work lofts could begin construction soon

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Another bid to keep educated young professionals, entrepreneurs and other business-minded folks in Davis should get underway soon, with approvals now in hand for the Del Rio Live-Work project. The 16-unit project features three-story buildings where developers could opt for the first floor to be some kind of commercial use, possibly connected with the people living above. Those top two floors would be 1,253 square feet with a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, while the...

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How affluent is Phoenix? (Hint: meh)

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Phoenix may be one of the most populous and largest cities in the nation, but our affluence severely lags behind others, according to a new analysis from the Among America's 942 metropolitan and micropolitan regions, Phoenix ranks No. 242 in affluence. Not terrible by any means, but a far cry from the Top 100. However, because so many cities were involved in the study, they were split into five groups based on population: Large (1 million-plus) Medium-Large (500,000 to...

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Seattle UberX drivers stage a honking-loud protest near Smith Tower

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Uber drivers staged a loud protest outside Seattle’s Smith Tower Friday over a pay dispute with the company. The drivers loudly honked their horns in front of the iconic building, where Uber's Seattle office is based. Passers-by and nearby workers came out to confront the drivers about the noise and disruption they were causing – the protest has lasted for several hours – but the two-dozen or so drivers continued to blare their horns. There were no Seattle police officers present at...

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