I took last week off and made a quick trip across the pond to Denmark. For the duration of my 8 hour flight I had the pleasure of sitting next to a nice Danish engineering professor who was now living in DC. We got the chance to talk politics and I was afforded the opportunity to gain some insight into Danish culture. Given the chance I plan on writing a few posts outlining a few things that we in Baltimore could stand to learn from the Danes.
To keep this first post short I would like to just mention one experience that this professor and I bonded over. He had some business in Baltimore and naively thought that it would be easy for him to fly into Baltimore late at night and take the train(light rail) into the city. He said that he not only had to wait 45 minutes for the light rail to arrive but that the assorted clientele that frequent the light rail at that hour put the fear of god in him. As a resident of Hunt Valley for many years (the northernmost stop on the lightrail) I could relate to his gripes. Once in Copenhagen, like many other cities, I found that the public transportation was timely, clean and expansive. I left with a great desire for our local public transportation to do this great city justice.
I know there has been mention on this blog of additions to the current rail system but I thought it might be fun to try and come up with some more unique options that would make living and visiting Baltimore a better more efficient experience.