Baltimore's businss community can be insular and parochial, and too often it appears fixated on the notion of fighting over a shrinking economic pie rather than finding ways to expand it. Whether Ms. McKenzie was ever given a real chance in that environment is a fair question. Mr. Cole, however, comes into the job with real advantages. At 41, he is emblematic of a new generation of young professionals who have moved into the city, yet he also has the trust of the older generation of business leaders. He speaks their language and understands the alliances and decades-old rivalries that can determine what does and does not get built here. At the same time, he clearly has the ear of the mayor, of whom he has been a reliable supporter. That gives him credibility as a decision-maker and the standing to tell the mayor no when he has to.