Here's how to mend Baltimore

Improved transit and a revitalized State Center could propel Baltimore in important ways. While there are jobs and job centers available in some communities, it’s hard for many people to reach them. The new Baltimore Link system, while well-intentioned, doesn’t come close to offering the coordinated access that is common to great cities around the world. New and affordable technologies like Bus Rapid Transit offer economical and efficient alternatives to railed vehicles and could build on MARC and existing rail lines to transform our economy. And Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Catherine Pugh need to make good on their plans to retain state jobs and create transit-oriented development at State Center.

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Caroline Moore
Hogan shows no interest in State Center neighborhoods

The residents of the communities in and around State Center have been intimately involved with state officials and the state-selected developer in the redevelopment planning for more than a decade — even longer than the current developer. Therefore, I would have thought that our state and city leadership would engage with these communities on any current or alternative redevelopment plans. But, as of today, that has not been the case.

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Caroline Moore
We need a State Center plan

The current State Center buildings are money pits that cost the state far more in maintenance than modern buildings would. Every year we go without replacing them means millions of taxpayer dollars wasted.

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Caroline Moore
Hogan's promises to Baltimore are only lip service

For Maryland to compete and succeed, state leadership must play a critical role in rebuilding and revitalizing its urban core and largest employment center. But Hogan’s love for Baltimore has been nothing more than lip service; since Freddie Gray’s death, his major decisions around transit, housing and economic development all suggest he wants West Baltimore to crumble.

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Caroline Moore
Q&A with Caroline Moore, CEO of Ekistics

State Center is the economic hub of West Baltimore. It has the most accessible mass transit network in the city and contains the largest concentration of state employees in Maryland. 

However, after decades of decline, it stands as a deteriorating 28-acre state office complex that poses one of the biggest problems, as well as one of the greatest opportunities, for economic development in the state.

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Caroline Moore
State Center attorneys seek to compel Maryland to hand over documents

State Center LLC’s attorneys filed a motion to compel the state to comply with written discovery requests in an ongoing lawsuit between the state and the developer. In a reply filed with the court, the developer’s attorneys argue the state’s refusal to hand over the documents is based on “meritless objections” that are “wasting everyone’s time.”

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Caroline Moore
Fight crime in Baltimore by providing opportunity

In reading your June 4th article, "Citizens see a city in crisis," I agree that a comprehensive crime fighting strategy is warranted to curb the violence we are facing in Baltimore City, but it is only one part of the solution. The mayor is also right to seek economic development and jobs opportunities for the citizens of Baltimore. To be successful, we must capitalize on sustainable development opportunities that are focused on more than just the demolition of vacant structures.

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Caroline Moore
Who can save State Center?

If reasoning and rationales don't go anywhere, political pressure is what is left. It was impressive to see Delegates, Senators and council people unite behind a project that had obtained so much consensus and praise for its design, its concept and its ability to create a win-win for the State and surrounding communities.

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Jamie Watt Arnold
Hogan urged to reboot State Center

It occurs to me that Hogan has a great opportunity to respond personally, get out of the litigation and perhaps spare the state a costly settlement. Before he took office, the governor ran a successful company that, according to its website, "completed $2 billion in real estate transactions by bringing sellers and buyers together to create win-win scenarios."

Given that, the governor should strive for a win-win with State Center instead of scrapping a decade of hard work — especially when it includes a chance to show how much he loves Baltimore.

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Jamie Watt Arnold
Is Baltimore Open for Business?

One of Governor Hogan’s key messages is that “Maryland is open for business.” His commitment to fiscally responsible growth should be commended. However, his arbitrarily pulling-the-plug on large projects with profound long-term benefits calls into question the State’s reliability as a business partner. In this case, I refer to State Center.

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Melissa Heuer