It would be good to have a follow-up story about the bike plans. How do people feel about the $75 fine on motorists? Are the additional 23 miles being built? Maybe more quotes from riders who will benefit from the perpendicular grates.
Portland has been working towards becoming a sustainable city and has become one of the most well-developed bike cities. The city has become home to125 bike-related businesses which has helped build a "cycling economy." This story seems a little one-sided with all the benefits and positives of this bike city. It doesn't really go into how long or obstacles that were faced to get the city where it is today. Relating it back to Baltimore's bike planning; it's insightful to see how successful bike-related businesses and bike communities can become with proper backing and funding.
It's interesting to compare Portland to Baltimore in size and making the connection between one of the most developed bike cities and Baltimore. I think there's a lot of good information, especially that Maryland spent the lowest percentage of any state on Transportation Enhancement. Since this was published there has been a number of improvements on bike planning but advocacy seems to be growing but still an obstacle. There's good quotes in the story, but more could be added to break up the facts some more.
Very informative piece on the benefits of bike cities. Although it doesn't mention Baltimore, there is a good use of examples. It has good facts and is informative on how beneficial bike lanes and paths are in cities. Although it's posted in the Huffington Post's Green section, I still think it would help to have quotes from people who are active in bike communities or just live in a well known bike city.
This story just gives an overview of what Teach for America is and how Baltimore County will benefit. The bottom paragraph mentions the effectiveness of TFA which can be elaborated on. The story could also benefit from quotes from the new staff and those reapplying for their jobs discussed in the middle section.
I think it's amazing what this organization is doing for people who are struggling. It's an insightful piece that highlights an organization that is trying to help the community, but the people that make up the community as well. The quotes of people involved with the green career training programs shows how beneficial the program is.
The article is credible because of the sources, numbers and facts that were used. Although it's not their original work, it's an easy to understand write-up of what the study concluded. Adding bike lanes would be beneficial to a city for numerous reasons and this posting shows how important bike plans are to consider for a city.
I think this was well written and had a good use of quotes. I agree that there should be links incorporated in the story and maybe more multimedia to give readers a visual of the area that's talked about. It's not a watchdog piece, but a good profile on what the organization is about.
This story first came off as a profile piece on Dr. Alonso. As I continued reading it was interesting to learn about what he has done in Baltimore schools, but the story was missing numbers to back up the information espiecally when the author says that the "dropout rate has fallen by half." There are credible sources although it would benefit the article to have quotes from those that don't agree with Alfonso's methods and to go in depth more on the "reorganization of the school system, closing failing schools, slashing the central office staff by a third and replacing three-quarters of all school principles."
It was interesting how the writer used the Obama family's upcoming vacation to inform readers on the racial tensions, but it's a more passive piece recapping recent events. It seems like it could be the start of a deper story but needs more credible sources, relevance and organization.