At the moment she's working with the city of York, Pa., which might make one wonder: Will we soon be seeing, say, you-can-live-better-in-York ads on D.C. Metro trains?
"No, that will not be in the plan," Gosson, president of Sagesse Inc., said by phone recently. "No, no, no, no, no," she added, for good measure. "But I would say if people from Maryland are thinking about getting out and moving to Pennsylvania, definitely get them to look at York."
York, she said, struggles with the same aren't-the-'burbs-better reputation that Baltimore has. But she insists it's low-crime and the worst part of town is nothing more than "some trash on the street, some boarded-up houses." ("I was like, 'That's it?'" she said.) She said the city is, on a smaller scale, seeing some of the same development and redevelopment activity that Baltimore has enjoyed in recent years.
The typical home sales prices in York: Not quite $70,000 in the first nine months of last year, up 14 percent from a year earlier, according to the Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties. (Sales are up, too.)
So perhaps the question should be: Any plans to recruit people from Baltimore (typical price: $145,000) to York?
"I don't know," Gosson said, laughing. She thought about it, noted that homes cost a lot more in Baltimore than they did five years ago, and added: "You've got people now in Baltimore that are getting priced out of the market."