Some time. Take an underground ride to Johns...

TRY IT

June 24, 1995

TRY IT some time. Take an underground ride to Johns Hopkins Hospital one day on the Metro. It is a joy.

Surprisingly quick.

Clean.

Convenient.

Safe.

Relatively inexpensive.

It beats driving to the Hopkins complex. Cheaper, too. And a heck of a lot faster.

No commotion going round and round the Hopkins high-rise parking garage looking for a space. No hassle trying to navigate around the hospital complex. Just hop on the Metro and relax.

From downtown, the subway ride takes a mere three minutes -- not even long enough to start reading a good paperback.

(Of course, for Hopkins employees, this means they are just three minutes from downtown eateries and shopping. And then a short walk to the shops and stalls at Harborplace and the Inner Harbor. What a delightful lunchtime break that should be this summer.)

An underground passageway directly into the hospital makes it a snap to visit a patient or your physician or an outpatient clinic. And perhaps best of all, this miracle of mass transportation will be around for a long, long time. A hundred years from today, Baltimoreans will still be using the Metro subway line to Hopkins, just as New Yorkers continue to use underground subways built well over a century ago.

Some questioned the costly expenditure of tax dollars to build this segment to Hopkins. How short-sighted could they have been? In the year 2095, Baltimoreans won't have any doubts about the Metro's utility and the necessity for building a system that can last for generations into the future.

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THE LINES between countryside and suburb, suburb and city keep getting more and more blurred.

Item: Three deer calmly grazing just off the shoulder of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, barely 100 yards from the Greenbelt-College Park interchange, on a busy Saturday afternoon.

Item: A Downtown Partnership worker using a Weedeater to trim unwanted grass from a Calvert Street sidewalk.

No deer nibbling at that grass yet, but wait a while.

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THE SPREAD of suburbia to the countryside results in the occasional communications problem.

Witness a recent exchange between a third-grader and the principal of a new elementary school in the once-rural exurbs.

Would the school be interested in sponsoring a 4-H Club?, the youngster wrote to the office.

Thank you for your idea, the administrator wrote back, but could you tell me what a 4th Club is?

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