McCormick Spice's proposed consolidation and move as an opportunity to extend light rail in Baltimore County
I didn't work long enough in the Baltimore County Planning Office to get a great feel for all of the county, let alone the section I was working in, because just the section I was addressing in full or in part was about 400 square miles, and I was there only for 10 months.
Had I known about that when I worked there, I would have included this extension in my list of transit proposals for Baltimore County. See the past blog entry "From the files: transit planning in Baltimore County."
Now that McCormick Spice Company wants to consolidate and is even suggesting that a move out of the state ("McCormick explores relocating headquarters from Sparks," Baltimore Sun) is possible, one of the enticements could be a light rail extension to a new consolidated headquarters.
On the other hand, an extension to the office conglomeration in Sparks could entice people to stay and for the area to intensify, as well as to serve other businesses.
... especially if they could figure out how to upgrade and improve the light rail vehicles to something more attractive, although the vehicles while hulking and clunky and have a kind of industrial charm probably have a couple decades or more of useful life.
Left: Baltimore Light Rail map. Baltimore Sun graphic, 2005.