Magic Johnson

Baltimore Mayor Pugh hosts Magic Johnson, encourages him to invest in the city

Baltimore Mayor Pugh hosts Magic Johnson, encourages him to invest in the city

Mayor Catherine Pugh met with former NBA star Earvin “Magic” Johnson on Thursday to discuss opportunities for him to invest in Baltimore, fulfilling a long-held goal as she seeks to attract private capital to the city.

“He wants to see the city,” Pugh said, “He’s excited about the leadership.”

The mayor said she rattled through her list of top prospects and hopes with Johnson — a movie theater at Mondawmin Mall; new tax breaks for investing in struggling neighborhoods; a city-backed investment fund; projects in Park Heights and the planned overhaul of Perkins Homes.

Pugh said Johnson planned to return to Baltimore in September to take a closer look.

“It’s hard to...

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