I have lived in Baltimore my entire life. We certainly benefit from our proximity to Washington DC (approximately 40 miles away). We have a large population of educated professionals, but we also have too large of an underclass. It really is a “have” vs “have nots” scenario. The area will be held back as a whole until the dismal high school graduation rates in Baltimore City are improved. Only about 60% of incoming freshman at Baltimore City public schools, leave school with a HS diploma. That cycle must be broken.
The city in which I was raised and still live is in many ways still too provincial. We should take advantage of having the capital of the free world lead our region. We can be our own independent city while still being a part of the Washington-Baltimore area. Even with our problems, we have successfully transitioned from a manufacturing economy to a service-based one. Our economy is very diverse with financial services, health care, consumer products and education leading the way. I used to be provincial, but now am quite happy to be living in the midst of the NY to Washington mega region. The opportunities are far greater here than in many parts of the U.S., especially the former rust belt.
Sent by David from Baltimore