Conversation starter: Baltimore revitalization
Here's the conversation starter offered by Mike B.:
I've been contemplating moving from the distant burbs of DC to Baltimore for some time, but keep running smack dab into the wall of facts -- my income tax rate would go up by more than 4%, my real estate tax would be close to double what I would pay here, and the risk of crime goes up. It makes me think ... what exactly would it take to renovate a city? To bring it back to life where everyone wants to live there and no one feels like moving there could be a big financial mistake. I'd like to hear some suggestions from bloggers.
I think phasing out the ground rental issue definitely helps. As does having sports teams and mass transit. But fundamentally there are more expenses and not enough sources of revenue. So what to do? What do readers suggest?
I know you have your own opinions. Discuss away.