Can Baltimore continue to do what it takes to become a thriving metropolis like Boston and San Francisco, or are we destined to be stuck in the Detroit-Cleveland post industrial doldrums? That question may well be answered by political and civic leaders in the coming months.
James Shea is chair of Venable, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, and the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance. Frank Rosenberg is board co-chair and executive vice president at Rosemore, Inc. Thomas E. Wilcox is president of the Baltimore Community Foundation. J. Howard Henderson, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Urban League, and William C. Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, also contributed to this article. All serve on the board of The Central Maryland Transportation Alliance and can be reached via TWilcox@bcf.org.