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The destruction of Main Street: Why trains still matter to communities

from By: Ryan Clark

From Nov. 10: In Laurel, Maryland, a MARC commuter train — the driving force for growing and maintaining the community for close to 200 years — is under attack by a developer who wants to move the stop to a more preferable location. And although this sounds like the plot of an old Western, the effects of removing the rail line would be devastating to the community. In 1835, when the B&O Railroad was building its first line connecting Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Laurel was one of the stops. more

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