Dan Rodricks

Dan Rodricks Commentary and conversation on life in Baltimore, Maryland and the USA
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 this one be a truly transformative, sustainable anti-poverty program?

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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 “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

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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 in a text message this week. “And for them to incarcerate him made him worse.

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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?”

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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.

But, as Miss Peggy Lee famously asked in song, “Is that all there is?”

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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. She was born in 1940, the daughter of Annunciata Lombardi D’Alesandro and Thomas J.

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