David Cordish, real estate mogul and successful developer of casinos, says this about a proposed high-speed train that could move passengers from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. in 15 minutes: "Game changer for city!" And the city he's talking about is Baltimore.
I think having Baltimore assume the identity of a “bedroom for Washington” through wholesale gentrification is infinitely debatable on many levels. This idea has been around for about 20 years, with as many stops and starts as a MARC train, and it seems to be catching on again, even as Baltimore’s image slowly heals from April’s riot. Just this week, the city was listed in a Huffington Post piece as one of “5 Secretly Cool Cities Where You Can Still Get in on the Ground Floor,” with travel writer David Landsel advising readers to “think of Baltimore as the Oakland of a suddenly (and outrageously) expensive D.C.”
Like Baltimore-as-Washington’s-bedroom, Maglev is not a new idea. And it’s very expensive -- the preliminary estimate for the Washington-Baltimore stretch has been put at $12 billion -- and it has plenty of skeptics.
Rogers will be my guest during an upcoming Roughly Speaking podcast. We'll let you know when it posts.