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Cole: ‘We want to be Baltimore’

In the Baltimore Development Corp.’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Report, it compares Charm City with Boston, Philadelphia and Oakland.

William Cole, president and CEO of the corporation, said that it in no way implies the city is angling to be like those areas.

“We’re not trying to become any of those three cities. We want to be Baltimore and the best Baltimore we can be,” Cole said during a meeting Thursday morning before the report was approved. The five year plan guides economic strategy and still must be given final approval by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The report also includes the cities desire to see the proposed Red Line light rail line built. But one board member questioned including the project because it seems likely Gov.-elect Larry Hogan will nix the project because of state budget woes. Cole responded that pursuing mass transit projects that connect communities with jobs will remain a priority.

“Just because of uncertainty doesn’t mean it’s something that we don’t want to continue to pursue,” he said.

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Adam Bednar covers real estate and development for The Daily Record.