Here's a wake-up call for Gov.
Few Italians or Greeks live in Little Italy or
But Mr. O'Malley's PlanMaryland centers on promoting "high-density development" in existing areas. That benefits
Moreover, PlanMaryland threatens the quality of life in the areas with existing infrastructure that development will be directed toward.
The suburban landscape and lifestyle that once attracted people to Rockville,
Maryland's relatively small size means many major employment centers are within easy commuting distance of areas across state lines. For example, county regulations have limited growth in many parts of northern Baltimore County. The result has been that instead of workers commuting from new developments in
In addition, taxes there are lower — they don't have to pay for illegal immigrants to go to school — and people don't even have to pay a toll to drive from Pennsylvania, whereas the O'Malley administration now puts a $3 toll on commuters traveling from
Most people do not prefer urban living; if we did, then market forces would have already steered development into downtown Baltimore instead of suburban and rural counties — hence negating the need for PlanMaryland's social engineering.
Perhaps Governor O'Malley and the legislature should think about all the tax revenues that are flowing — and will continue to flow — to