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  • Reverse Baltimore's population slide: Find investors for 'an incredibly high-potential city'

    Reverse Baltimore's population slide: Find investors for 'an incredibly high-potential city'

    Call me a skeptic when it comes to government-hatched plans to spur private investment in the most distressed “zones” in U.S. cities, including Baltimore. We had Enterprise Zones and Empowerment Zones, and now Opportunity Zones, the latest program of tax incentives for potential investors. Will...

  • Trump's impeachable offense: Ignoring climate change

    Trump's impeachable offense: Ignoring climate change

    If anything in the second decade of the 21st Century warrants impeachment of an American president, it should be this: Ignoring science and the harmful effects of climate change, and putting humanity at grave risk. That might not fit the bill under the Constitution, which allows impeachment for...

  • Rodricks: Bill Dolan, blamed for his brother's overdose, dies of one

    Rodricks: Bill Dolan, blamed for his brother's overdose, dies of one

    You could dismiss it as the voice of grief, but there’s plausibility in what Bill Dolan’s mother says — that the decision by Pennsylvania police and prosecutors to charge him with contributing to his brother’s death contributed to his own. “My son did nothing wrong,” Melina Zissimos-Leyrer wrote...

  • Wells Fargo stepping up again in Baltimore with $6 million toward homeownership

    Wells Fargo stepping up again in Baltimore with $6 million toward homeownership

    When I got to the part about Wells Fargo in “Broken Bargain,” Kathleen Day’s excellent book on American financial institutions and the disasters they have wrought, I had to ask: “How is this company still in business?” The country’s fourth-largest bank and its various entities engaged in a series...

  • Reverse Baltimore's population slide: Green more city neighborhoods

    Reverse Baltimore's population slide: Green more city neighborhoods

    Demolition seems to be Larry Hogan’s top priority when it comes to Baltimore; he gets a real kick out of it, too. The Maryland governor put on a hard hat the other day and got behind the controls of a CASE excavator to knock down an abandoned rowhouse. Not that there’s anything wrong with that....

  • Followup: A correction about Nancy Pelosi and that white dress

    Followup: A correction about Nancy Pelosi and that white dress

    In the interest of setting straight the record of Nancy Pelosi’s time in Baltimore, allow me to provide a brief follow-up to Sunday’s column about her family portrait and that white dress she wore for it. The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives grew up in a Baltimore political family....

  • A deeper look at Baltimore's population loss: smaller households

    A deeper look at Baltimore's population loss: smaller households

    So, last Thursday morning I’m driving back into Baltimore on O’Donnell Street, having just attended the annual business showcase of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce at the Best Western Plus. I’m westbound on O’Donnell. I pass Ponca Street, then Newkirk. I look to the left and suddenly I have a Shocking...

  • Nancy Pelosi in a white dress, and an 'unnerving question' about her Baltimore family portrait

    Nancy Pelosi in a white dress, and an 'unnerving question' about her Baltimore family portrait

    Nobody asked me, but somebody must know how a large oil painting of the famous D’Alesandro family — including a Baltimore mayor, a future Baltimore mayor and a future Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives — ended up in a Little Italy restaurant. “That’s a billion-dollar, unnerving question,”...

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