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Author Archives: Donald C. Fry

A fresh opportunity for transformative leadership in Baltimore

Don Fry Big

In three weeks, Baltimore will inaugurate a new mayor, and eight new city council members will take office, marking one of the most significant transitions in the city’s elected leadership in more than a decade. Change in government brings about ...

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How Baltimore can remain a ‘Knowledge Capital’

Don Fry Big

The Brookings Institution recently ranked the Baltimore metro area as one of the world’s “knowledge capitals,” an impressive list that includes such well-known economic power hubs as San Jose, Seattle and Zurich. The goal of the Brookings researchers was to ...

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What we can learn from the Port Covington deal and TIFs

Don Fry Big

With the Baltimore City Council’s approval of the public financing package for the proposed Port Covington project, Sagamore Development Co. can move forward with final permitting approvals and activating the engineers, bulldozers and construction crews. There is still an incredible ...

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Donald C. Fry: A turning point for the Howard Street Tunnel

The Howard Street Tunnel, which runs through the heart of downtown Baltimore, is 1.7 miles long and offers freight trains about 19.5 feet of clearance. One single track runs through it. So when it comes to the rail network in ...

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Donald C. Fry: A glimmer of hope for Penn Station

When it comes to customer traffic for rail service, Baltimore’s Penn Station sits pretty high on the list. In fact, it’s the eighth-busiest in the Amtrak network with about 1.1 million riders a year coming and going from the station, ...

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Donald C. Fry: The ripple effect of helping our youths

In the summer of 2012, a young man named George Boswell showed up for a summer internship at Hazen and Sawyer, an environmental engineering firm with an office in downtown Baltimore, and he turned a corner in his life. The ...

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