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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Baltimore's bad reputation still a drain on city, state, economist says

Anirban Basu sounds a bit jealous of Fayetteville, Arkansas — population 80,000.

The town makes a number of lists of the best places to live. He says Baltimore, unfortunately, ranks high in murder.

"People think Fayetteville, Ark., is nicer than Baltimore," he said, adding he doubted anyone in the audience was dying to visit the town.

Basu, CEO of Sage Policy Group Inc., offered this frank view of the city's bad reputation during a speech at the Greater Baltimore Committee Economic Outlook Conference on Monday at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. Basu addressed the crowd of about 200 people after keynote speaker Alex Ross, author of "The Industries of the Future."

Basu, who rarely shies away from what he thinks, didn't hold back in telling the GBC's business leaders that they have to do something to fix Baltimore's reputation. It's hurting not only Baltimore's prospects, but the entire state's. He said the city's reputation makes it hard for companies to recruit employees and the coveted millennial demographic.



Anonymous said...

Lol good.

Anonymous said...

Baltimore's reputation has been in the toilet since the mid eighties and now is about as good as Detroits.Animals run Baltimore and the whole city is corrupt lazy and stupid.People started fleeing the city in 1983 and only the garbage is left. Until every department is scrubbed of ignorant corrupt lazy people Baltimore will descend into hell.

Anonymous said...

But they ..Keep electing Democrats that's the source of the problem

Anonymous said...

Basu is full s*&t did a report for Wicomico County way off the subject don't think they even paid him hope not.

Anonymous said...

Let them implowed.

Anonymous said...

I've been to Fayetteville. In many ways, it is nicer than Baltimore.