Rethinking North Charles
What should North Charles Street be: urban drag strip or peaceful
parkway? Put the question that way, and you're not likely to get
much argument against option B.
And, in fact, university staff and consultants
putting together the new Homewood campus master plan are finding
that most people think of the issue in just those terms. Almost
everyone they've asked--Charles Village residents, students,
faculty and staff, the university administration--agrees that
it's time to rethink and redesign the stretch of Baltimore's main
street that passes by Homewood.
"We want to think of calming traffic," said
Adam Gross, principal of Ayers/Saint/Gross, the Baltimore
architecture and planning firm working with the university on the
campus plan. "We want to make this much more of a
residential-scale street and much less of a speedway."
Campuses ready to greet Y2K
Don't panic! The famous two words from Douglas Adams'
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are good advice now that what
some call "technological judgment day" is upon us.
The rollover from 1999 to 2000 might be just
around the corner, but university staff have been working since
early 1996 to suppress the millennium bug and guarantee students,
staff and faculty the least amount of headaches come the new
Computer systems have been checked, updated and
then checked again to make sure that all electronic data is safe.
Y2K planning committees have developed contingency plans that
take into account everything from the possible malfunction of
card key- controlled doors to the threat of a power outage, large
or small--even stocking up on dry ice to ensure that laboratory
refrigerators and freezers are kept cool. And dedicated Y2K Web
sites and phone numbers have been set up to provide everyone with
the latest information on the university's compliancy and systems
The Johns Hopkins University
3003 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218