Steven Maksin said he was reminded of a line from one of his favorite movies recently as he was unloading a 97-acre site of a dead mall to a new owner.“I’m not your best friend. I’m your only friend.” The line goes from Other People’s Money, the 1991 romantic comedy starring Danny DeVito who plays a corporate raider known as Larry the Liquidator because he buys up businesses and sells their assets.Maksin described that as his relationship with Burlington Township, the home of the former Burlington Center Mall. Maksin’s Moonbeam Capital sold the property this month to Clarion Partners for $22 million. He wrapped up a hefty $19 million profit in the deal. His company bought the mall in 2012, renamed it the Marketplace at Burlington and sought to turn around the titular, failing town center of this blue-collar township on the Route 130 corridor.That was before the bottom of the retail mall business fell out and ushered in the rapid ascent of e-commerce … [Read more...] about Is your N.J. mall dying a slow death? We talked to a guy who just flipped an empty one.
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Oregon? Track stars leaving neon green streaks in the sky. Utah? Grinders and pluggers on both sides of the line. Stanford sells itself as Wisconsin West, a template built around power, smarts, and air-tight fundamentals; Washington State is Texas Tech North. Colorado? Oh, doctor. Speed? Strength? Passing? Toughness? The option? A framed picture of a bison with snow on its nose? Dysfunction? “I’m not sure what the ‘brand’ is for Colorado,” ESPN college football analyst Rod Gilmore said with a chuckle. “Other programs, you can identify (that). And I’m not sure Colorado has found their brand yet.” Welcome to Job 1A, the experts say, for the football coach that’s picking up Mike MacIntyre’s baton: Establish an identity. Stand for something. Anything. The Cradle of Quarterbacks. The Chautauqua Curtain. The Flatirons Flyers. Whatever. “(The Cardinal) have a brand and a philosophy they’ve been following since (Jim … [Read more...] about Colorado football job isn’t a “coach-killer” anymore. But how good of a gig is it?
I have been told to look out for the Ubers, the Lyfts, the party buses. I have been told that if I study them really hard — look for fractures in confidence, sideways glances, body language that says I am uncomfortable here — I can distinguish the Harvard students from the visitors. By Eliya O. Smith Nov 20, 2018 Here is how it works. An Uber slides into a parking spot, idles. Its doors pop open; young women pile out. They scurry down brick streets, toward mansions, toward spindly lines of more women threading down the block. And then they wait. The bouncer calls out numbers — one group of five, two more, one more, like a weird game of human bingo. The line shuffles and reshuffles as lucky winners step forward to claim their prize — admission — while others abandon the pursuit entirely. “If you’re not on the list, don’t bother standing here,” the bouncer announces in a thick Boston accent before slamming the door. The line … [Read more...] about To Bed, to Wed, to Talk to
click to enlarge The electronic billboard on the heavily trafficked corner of John C. Lodge Freeway and Livernois Avenue is host to a number of advertisements, including a Marvel Universe Live show, the Varsity Ford dealership in Ann Arbor, and the Fox 2 News morning show. And now, there are two highly inflammatory additions: A hearty endorsement of President Donald Trump, and a defense of Trump's embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. One reads, "Red Pills. Everyday," with the name of Trump subreddit, r/The_Donald. The other reads, "You know it," "They know it," "They don't care," and – perhaps falsely — "Kavanaugh is Innocent." The messages, which appeared earlier this week, are among half a dozen new Trumpian billboards throughout metro Detroit. The man behind them is Sreeny Cherukuri — a self-described libertarian-federalist and pro-Trump Republican. We talked to him about what the hell he's on about. Of the "red pills," Cherukuri … [Read more...] about We talked to the guy who put a ‘Kavanaugh is innocent’ billboard in Detroit
Leo Roth Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Published 4:49 p.m. UTC Jul 31, 2018 This is a story about the power of “old-fashioned’’ communication. A hand-written letter. A phone call. This is a story about a thirst for history. To know more about the men who played segregated baseball in America and how their passion to play a game contributed mightily to the civil rights movement. Mostly, it’s a story about friendship and how friendships can develop in the most unexpected ways. Between men of different color. Able to bridge four decades in age and 1,200 miles in distance. Showing simply what kindness and respect look like. When Jeff Klein, an avid baseball fan and collector from Honeoye Falls, wrote to Bill McCrary, a retired Negro League shortstop living in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, his intention was as simple as fielding a soft grounder to first: Ask him to autograph a 3-by-5 index card and if he could, jot down a favorite memory from his playing … [Read more...] about It all started with an autograph request to a Negro League legend