Billed as helping the poor leave the ghetto, this is really to keep suburbanites from worrying about their safety -- especially after rioters threatened to attack people who attended a Baltimore Orioles game.
But the press is making thing sound like something it ain't:
BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Maryland officials are eying a $2.9 billion light rail project long in the works for Baltimore as a way of combating the crushing poverty that fueled rioting in the city after the police-custody death of Freddie Gray.
Backers say the proposed Red Line light rail project could speed city residents to jobs and help end the isolation of poor neighborhoods, some of which still bear the scars of race riots in the 1960s.
But critics call the years-old project flawed and too costly. A final decision rests with Maryland's Republican Governor Larry Hogan, who was elected as a tax-cutter and has questioned the cost of the project and that of a $2.45 billion light rail project proposed for the Washington suburbs, the Purple Line.
Brian O'Malley, president of the non-profit Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, which backs the Red Line, said the rioting in April over Gray's death from injuries sustained in police custody had shone a light on the many problems that poor Baltimore neighborhoods face."People being cut off economically was one of the issues that it highlighted" that the rail line would address, he said.
And yet there are ghettos and poverty in ever city that has light rail transportation.