And you thought Baltimor Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s goal of attracting 22,500 new residents to Baltimore in the next ten years was tough enough already. And now the U.S. Census Bureau has used data on housing units, number of people moving, births, and deaths to determine that Baltimore’s population dropped by approximately 1,500 people between April 2010 and July 2011.
That means we were hemorrhaging 100 people a month. And if the population naturally continues on that downward trend, then even if we attract 22,500 new residents (or 10,000 new families) to Baltimore over the next 120 months, its impact will be undermined by the steady exodus.
Not only that, but how much harder will it be to attract those people when it seems that Baltimore’s unofficial slogan “A Nice Place to Leave” has firmly lodged itself in our minds?
Who do we imagine these new residents will be? Healthcare professionals? Artists? Lovers of nightlife and craft beer? This is not a rhetorical question. Neither is this one: If you weren’t from the area, what do you think could make you move to Baltimore?
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