February 27, 2007

Leaving a Comment Should Now be Easier

We Have Removed the Word Verification Step From the Comment Process. This Should Make it a Little Easier for Those of You that Wish to Leave a Comment.

The Following Paragraph Explains why the Step is used.

"What this does is to prevent automated systems from adding comments to your blog, since it takes a human being to read the word and pass this step. If you've ever received a comment that looked like an advertisement or a random link to an unrelated site, then you've encountered comment spam. A lot of this is done automatically by software which can't pass the word verification, so enabling this option is a good way to prevent many such unwanted comments."

Hopefully, we won't have any problems and will be able to eliminate this Step. Craig


Anonymous said...

Hey --

this is nice to see someone in "Olde Catonsville" embracing the Web to get community input.

Frederick Road needs to become more like a college town feel for nearby UMBC & CCBC. That means something with ethnic/international food (i.e. not crab cakes & buffalo wings)., live music, & wireless internet.

Something funky that has an eclectic feel -- food & drink, affordable, OK for families & students, live music (again not quite the usual classic rock acts found in Arbutus/C'ville, but college/coffeehouse/jazz/world music type acts).

Something like Golden West in Hampden or Nacho Mama's in Canton.

Get on the UMBC transit lines & advertise. Encourage a bike/hike trail through Spring Grove connecting Patapsco mt. bike trails/UMBC w/ Frederick Rd. biz district.

If C'ville is really "Music City Maryland," then local musicians need a quality venue like a real college town.

julie said...

While I appreciate your claim to want to enhance Catonsville with businesses that will be benificial to the people in the area, frankly the ridiculously high rent you are charging for even the smallest space of the many properties you have purchased on Fredrick Road has made it impossible for anyone to even attempt to improve the area.

Craig W. said...

Julie remarks on " the ridiculously high rent".

The rent only seems to be keeping the second hand stores, the hair brading places and the antique store away. I am sorry if anyone has felt that they were not able to open their "Dream" business, because of the rent. If that is the case I hope that they can Find another location that fits their needs.

The rent is below market, based on the entire project and is very attractive to the Restaurants and some of the other businesses.

I have never claimed to be a charity or an incubator, looking to help someone with no experience or business plan.

I am just trying to cover my mortgage and get the project built.

By using this site, I am attempting to find out if: the community feels that the parking is needed, what kind of businesses the community would want and is the courtyard something that is wanted.

I have said it before, I can rent the properties as is, with less effort and charge less money. I can use the existing parking and forego the courtyard. Will that bring the better businesses to Catonsville? If the Residents of Catonsville don't care or are indifferent, then, that is what I will do.

Julie, I would like to know what would you do if you owned this property? Would you even try and solicit community input? I bet you would think that the mortgage was ridiculously high.

hr said...

What about the old hardware building being transformed into something like a Belvedere Square with several different businesses operating under one roof? The building is certainly large enough to accomodate several 'stalls'. Maybe this would be a good way to incorporate the varied interests, pallets and desires of the community. Perhaps this concept would attract some really good stable but smaller businesses including a coffee shop, gift shop, art gallery, produce stand, ethnic food vendor, etc.. . The building may be too large for any one of these types of businesses but perhaps they'd be interested in a 'market' type environment where the rent was a lot less and they could share in the customer draw from each other. I'm curious as to what the others reading this blog think about this concept. If the response is positive I'd love to get involved with making it a reality.

Beth said...

The Belvedere square comment...Is the space really big enough for a market? Maybe two or three businesses could share the space, that would be a terrific idea...
What about "the container store"

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