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Five questions with Baltimore Public Markets Corp. executive director Robert Thomas

For decades Baltimore has wrestled with falling sales at its public markets. The biggest challenge: the "world famous" Lexington Market on the city's west side. The city has embarked on an effort to overhaul the market, hiring a consultant to hash out what a new building and vendor mix might look like. That report, which called for more windows and less fast food, was released in January. Now the hunt is on for the estimated $26.7 million needed to make the changes Robert Thomas, executive director of the Baltimore Public Markets Corp., which oversees the city's six public markets, is leading the charge. (Even Thomas confesses he often brown-bags lunch, despite his...

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