Op-ed: How to build a more equitable Port Covington
By Barbara Samuels, Attorney Managing ACLU of Maryland's Fair Housing Advocacy
"We will build it together"' is the Port Covington claim. Indeed, with proposals for massive city, state and federal public subsidy of nearly $2 billion over the next 50 years we are all investors with a stake in the proposed development. Because more than three-quarters of the money budgeted for the development's infrastructure phase comes from all of us as taxpayers, we should have a historic opportunity to build it together - and to get it right.
It's time for the Baltimore City Council to ensure that the massive, publicly financed Port Covington project is re-aligned with a new paradigm to realize equitable growth for all the residents of the city investing in it and sharing it's risks over the next five decades.