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Selling Laurel, the perpetual boomtown
Selling Laurel, the perpetual boomtown

This is part 1 of a 3-part series. For more than a century, Laurel has been prominently featured in newspapers as a "boomtown." The city itself has helped with this image with effective marketing, especially beginning in the 1950s. But while there's no denying Laurel experienced a boom in the second half of the last century, it never lived up to the population predictions. In 1903, former Mayor Edward Phelps, who had just left office after serving seven terms, wrote an article in the Baltimore Sun about the advantages of living and working in Laurel: "Property here in Laurel is reasonable in price, living is cheap and transportation facilities unexcelled. The town...

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