Does Baltimore need another group of businessmen to examine the city's business climate? Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke apparently believes the current organizations are not doing the job. He appointed a 40-member group -- called the Development Incentives Task Force -- to examine what programs are needed to retain and attract business and improve the city's general business conditions. This group may be just what is needed at this time.
These are unhappy times for city companies. It may be a result of the nation's weak economy, but a sense of malaise permeates the city. Unlike the past, there is no consensus on Baltimore's future.
There is a lack of vitality. Visionary plans of making Baltimore a center of life science enterprises have not moved off the drawing boards. Dreams of having Baltimore become a regional financial center have been shattered. Some of the city's large corporations are understandably preoccupied with internal financial problems and have less interest in civic affairs. Large blocks of first-class office space are vacant, and a number of large development projects have been put on hold.