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Baltimore City Power Rankings

Photo: Illustrations by Alex Fine, License: N/A

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Heather Mizeur

The gubernatorial candidate, a delegate from Montgomery County, will have an uphill battle getting votes in Baltimore City, where Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler have better name recognition, but being the first candidate to endorse legalizing marijuana and using the tax revenue to fund early childhood education should help.

2 Walmart

Three years after WV Urban Development first proposed 25th Street Station, the Planning Commission unanimously approved a plan that will allow Walmart to open in Remington (see “Stalled Walmart’s New Start,” Mobtown Beat). This news comes just after word that some stores are holding food drives for employees and just before the annual retail frenzy, when we can expect to find general mayhem in the low-wage superstores as crazed shoppers injure each other over goods made in China. But hey, cheap socks!

3 Tribune Company

The Sun’s Chicago-based overlords laid off 700 workers across the company—about 6 percent of its total workforce—centralizing many of the company’s business functions. Coming after the company announced its intentions to spin off its newspaper business and focus on TV stations, the move sounds like another precarious step in an uncertain direction for Baltimore’s paper of record.

4 Department of Social Services

City officials spent $40,000 to send foster children to a Christian school in Philadelphia, where they paid $500 each for them to take an exam and come back three hours later with a high school diploma. Among the many unanswered questions: Why not have them take the more recognized GED? Sounds like these kids are getting an education in corruption. They should be well-prepped for positions in city government.

5 Amtrak

An Amtrak train derailed in the Baltimore and Potomac tunnel, which Amtrak owns, causing massive delays—and big concerns. The 140-year-old curved tunnel is increasingly a choking point, and new studies say it’ll only get worse, prompting far-fetched plans for two new tunnels beneath the city at a cost of over a billion dollars. So, yeah, the MARC will start weekend service, but you may risk your life and spend three hours en route.

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