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Next stop: A more attractive ride

Next stop: A more attractive ride

A collapsed house. An abandoned warehouse furred with vines. Block after block of vacant homes, shattered windows framing blackness. Then, the tunnel and the train platform.

The mix of shuttered industrial spaces and faded neighborhoods that flank the tracks leading to Penn Station are some of Baltimore's bleakest landscapes.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants to change the view for the 2 million people who use Penn Station each year — and improve Baltimore's image. She plans to formally unveil today an elegant billboard-sized sign that is visible from the train platform. She's working with Amtrak officials to spruce up the station and the surrounding areas. And she plans to...