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$20M Lexington Market renovation will help bring 10K new families: Mayor Rawlings-Blake

The mayor said a renovation of the historic public market might convince Washington, D.C. to move to Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Full Disclosure: Technically Baltimore cofounder Brian James Kirk participated in the event.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants to convince 10,000 new families to move into Baltimore city by 2020.  It’s an ambitious feat given that Baltimore achieved a net gain in population of about 1,000 in 2012, the first time in years U.S. Census estimates had shown the city gaining people.
The Baltimore Business Journal reports:

Rawlings-Blake headlined a morning discussion, called Redefining Rust Belt, including participants from Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Detroit. Her speech highlighted ways Baltimore can attract 10,000 new families by 2020, which include a $20 to $25 million renovation of Lexington Market.
With a few improvements — such as the Lexington Market project — Rawlings-Blake said Baltimore could be poised to attract new residents from places like Washington, D.C.

Her comments were part of an event organized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Companies: City of Baltimore / Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

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