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Author Archives: Donald C. Fry

The need for a visionary transit network

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For decades, the Maryland Department of Transportation has ignored the transit needs of the Baltimore region while massive investment has occurred in the Washington suburbs. For example, the state of Maryland has committed to the Purple Line, a $2.4 billion ...

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5G is knocking on Md.’s door — but we’re not answering

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Legislation that would have established statewide standards in Maryland to streamline the permitting and installation of new high-tech equipment so Internet and wireless cell phone providers can offer a faster, more reliable service known as 5G has once again been ...

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A two-pronged approach to fighting violent crime

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Gov. Larry Hogan took state legislators to the woodshed earlier this week, partly to call them out for not passing crime and public safety legislation that he has backed during the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session. The governor was particularly ...

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The midsession business report from Annapolis

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It is the midway point for the annual 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly, and with that milestone a number of pressing business and employment related issues have emerged as topics of spirited discussion among state legislators. Here is ...

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Watchful eyes and high-tech crime tools for Baltimore

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If you were to travel up North Howard Street in Baltimore you might notice near Lexington Market an office midrise that’s been converted to new luxury apartments. But inside there’s more than apartments and lofts for city dwellers. The basement ...

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What to watch in Annapolis

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In three weeks, the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly will convene and with that will come many newly elected faces — 43 new members of the House of Delegates and 17 new state senators. The incoming crop of ...

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Md. voters deserve redistricting reform

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A federal judge once colorfully observed that the shape of one of Maryland’s congressional districts is “reminiscent of a broken-winged pterodactyl, lying prostrate across the center of the state.” The judge was referring to Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District that includes ...

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Baltimore’s other crisis

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If you happen to be one of the approximately 24,000 motorists who travel across the Hanover Street Bridge in south Baltimore each day, you are driving on a structure that is standing on borrowed time. The reason: The bridge, built ...

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