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Baltimore ignores local businesses [Letter]

I see that the Baltimore Development Corp. has hired a Texas-based consultant to "develop a strategy [for Baltimore City] to improve its business climate" ("City to study ways to improve Baltimore's economic and business climate," Dec. 3).

In a previous letter I described the city's lack of interest in aiding its existing small businesses and the loss of such businesses. As a result of that letter, I received correspondence from four local or family owned businesses with a combined 300 years of operation in Baltimore.

They all agreed with my observation about the lack of concern that city government has shown for local businesses. There is no point in spending money to develop a plan to entice new businesses to come to Baltimore if the city is just going to ignore them once they get here. Wouldn't it be cheaper to work instead toward maintaining what has been here for hundreds of years?

Elliot Zulver, Cockeysville

The writer is president of Walbrook Mill and Lumber Co. and Saco Supply.

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