The high cost of going underground
The Feb. 11, 1988, Baltimore Guide includes an article on a subway extension to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Proposed by Governor William Donald Schaefer, the idea had originally “stirred up plenty of controversy.” However, State Comptroller Louis Goldstein eventually approved the extension.
“In initial meetings, Mr. Goldstein wondered aloud if a monorail would be a more viable alternative to reach Hopkins. The absurdity of the suggestion upset Gov. Schaefer, a strong proponent of the subway,” reported the Guide.
“Mr. Goldstein compared the estimated $326 million price tag of building the 1.5 mile extension to the $290 million estimate for the 27-mile light rail line in voicing his reservations about the subway.
We don’t call 911
The owner of a Highlandtown eatery shot and wounded one of two intruders who broke into his building, the Guide reported on Feb. 11, 1988. According to the Guide, the owner told police that he stayed inside his restaurant after closing time on the night of Sunday, Feb. 8, because he had had problems with previous burglaries. He told police he was resting on a couch in the back of the restaurant at around 2 a.m. when he heard someone breaking in. He armed himself with a pistol and confronted the two men in the kitchen, demanding that they freeze.
The intruders did not comply and continued moving toward him; the restaurant owner fired four shots, hitting one of the men in the leg and hand. Police placed the man who was shot under arrest; the other suspect had fled during the shooting. The restaurant owner was not charged with a crime.
The February 18, 1988, Baltimore Guide reported that a two-alarm blaze at the former Harbor Towing Inc. building, 2217-19 Boston St., was arson.
The ownership of the property was then “in transition,” according to then-Captain Robert Hatoff of the Fire Investigation Bureau.
“Neighbors told authorities that the warehouse was slated to be converted to condominiums by a developer,” reported the Guide.
The blaze was reported by a man visiting from Houston, who “heard the windows pop, then saw flames and smoke pour through the windows.”