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Baltimore's missed opportunities

Baltimore's missed opportunities

Baltimore has on its drawing board two major public works projects with economically transformative potential — the highway work related to the redevelopment of Port Covington and the expansion of the Howard Street Tunnel. That neither of these proposals qualified this week for federal funding under a U.S. Department of Transportation program specifically targeted at the transportation needs of urban areas is unfortunate but hardly the last word on either of these worthy efforts.

On some level, all that has happened is that the Baltimore area lost out in the highly competitive effort to secure funding under a program known as FASTLANE. The program had $800 million to...

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