The Baltimore Sun, Maryland’s leading newspaper, published an excellent editorial today supporting the Red Line complaint CREEC filed with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Covington & Burling LLP; and the ACLU of Maryland.
The problem is not what was in Governor Hogan’s heart when he made that choice, the problem is in what that choice means for the thousands of working poor families — the vast majority of them black — living in the neighborhoods that would have been served by the Red Line.
As study after study concluded, the project would have created thousands of jobs (15,000 of them along with $2.1 billion in economic activity, according to one Transportation for America report) and connected these historically isolated communities to job centers like the Social Security Administration and Johns Hopkins Bayview. Talk about breaking the cycle of poverty; that could have been a game-changer for many economically challenged communities, which are even now trying to pick up the pieces after the Freddie Gray unrest.
Stay tuned for updates on this ground-breaking complaint.