The first is the Tyranny of Nostalgia. Every town, especially those that have been around as long as Baltimore, has to some degree an affinity for the glories, real and imagined, of its past. Nostalgia has its place, but we can't let sentimentality be an impediment to our need to be more nimble, better equipped and ready to adapt to global economic competition. While Baltimore has become better at accepting new ideas and people than it once was, we need to be intentional about it, even if it means letting go of older ways of thinking, if this community is going to compete successfully over the long term for economic growth — and especially for intellectual talent. The idea is to honor the best of our past and get rid of the worst, while simultaneously embracing the future.