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#1 The city's population has dropped... The median income is $40,000 and 22 percent of the city's residents live in poverty...16,000 vacant properties... the highest property taxes in Maryland... local income taxes are the highest allowed under state law.
The answer is "high-speed rail".
Posted by Pappy 2013-02-06 12:15||
#2 Winning the SB game will turn that all around. And a new stadium. Perhaps a hippodrome, too, courtesy of Biden the Greek.
Posted by swksvolFF 2013-02-06 12:28||
#3 More likely path - state subsidies. Or incorporate surrounding wealthier areas into the city (they won't go voluntarily, but I'm sure our elite can figure out a way to coerce them.)
Posted by Glenmore 2013-02-06 14:56||
#4 ...Or incorporate surrounding wealthier areas into the city (they won't go voluntarily, but I'm sure our elite can figure out a way to coerce them.) Posted by Glenmore
Easily accomplished through low/no interest ["everyone has a right to own their own home"], federally backed macmansion home loans, and savy developers. Think the gov't isn't attacking the economic firewall of the suburbs? Think again. Don't take my word for it, attend a HS football game.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-06 15:52||
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-06 16:05||
#6 Pappy is close, the total answer is High Speed Rail, low cost, high speed internet access, day care and summer feeding centres.
Trust me, high speed rail alone ain't spin off enough
Posted by Shipman 2013-02-06 16:46||
#7 Is there room in your budget for...midnight basketball Ship ?
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-06 16:48||
#8 The answer is "high-speed rail".
Accela from DC already stops at the airport and downtown. But there is that hugely expensive proposal to upgrade all the Amtrak railbeds from DC north to Boston, waiting to be resurrected.
Our only hope is to hold this off long enough for the self-driving cars and trucks now in test in Silicon Valley to make it to market. When your own car can drive you exactly where you want to go, and stop along the way when you want to, a lot of the interest in rail travel will wither away.
Of course the fact that it's Silicon Valley's own state gummint determined to blow billions on a new high speed rail line does make it clear that sanity won't prevail automatically....
Posted by lotp 2013-02-06 18:32||
#9 One obvious solution is to turn the city into a giant sound stage for shooting more episodes of The Wire. The story arc could be about yet another Democratic bastion sinking into a deficit swamp.
Posted by SteveS 2013-02-06 18:48||
#10 Heard on NPR (possibly on the Diane Rheem show?), the outgoing Transportation Secretary declaiming that wherever he went during his tenure, people told him they really, really wanted more public transport, whether trains or light rail rapid transit or street cars.
Posted by trailing wife 2013-02-06 21:13||
#11 Mr. LaHood may even believe the lies he's telling, tw - but I doubt it.
Posted by Barbara 2013-02-06 21:27||
#12 And they will vote Dem all the way down, like Detroit. The previous Dem mayor lost her job after stealing gift cards intended for the needy. Plea bargain, didn't go to jail.
Posted by KBK 2013-02-06 23:02||
#13 there is a bright side; once Obamacare's death panels kick in, the 'bloated' city retiree ranks will dwindle and the retiree costs will decrease.
Posted by USN,Ret. 2013-02-06 23:25||