Now, imagine if instead of Long Island City, Amazon had settled on chosen HQ2 finalists like Newark or Indianapolis. Think those cities would have balked? Better yet, what if Amazon looked beyond its finalists, including Montgomery County here in Maryland, and considered locations where it might truly be transformative as in, dare we say, Baltimore’s Port Covington where Amazon could occupy a space alongside Under Armour? (And, of course, The Baltimore Sun, which has a long-term lease on its printing plant and newsroom offices there.) Mr. Bezos wouldn’t just be assured of financial support, he’d be regarded as a hero, particularly as his investment prospered and the chronic issues plaguing the city gradually melted away. There is no greater tonic for a public school system, for example, than the combination of public investment, involved parents and well-prepared students. We know this because we’ve seen what happens when those things are lacking.