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Large Urban Infrastructure Projects: The Controversies around the Washington DC Region Beltway 495 and I-270 Extensions

April 29 @ 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

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A continuation of the Urban & Water Thematic Group’s “Talk Shop” series.

The presentation will focus on the following points: (1) The protagonists (who are they and what is their position?); (2) the costs; (3) the financing mechanisms and PPP arrangements (who is paying for this?); (4) the environmental impact; (5) the consultation process and next steps in the decision-making process; (6) how Covid might help to re-think the project. The presentation will explain the position of CABE and why CABE believes Maryland’s plan to enter a controversial public-private partnership to widen I-495 and I-270 with four privatized tollways might 1) fail to relieve congestion at no-cost to taxpayers but 2) succeed at advancing a predatory P3 model engineered to permanently turn public infrastructure into privately-controlled for-profit assets.

Speaker: Brad German
Before retiring in 2017, Brad German was a senior director of public relations for Freddie Mac. Before joining Freddie Mac in 1998, he had held the following positions: media relations director for the PMI Mortgage Insurance Co., senior economics editor at Builder Magazine, and housing and development reporter for the Bureau of National Affairs. Brad graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1978.

Host: Alex Bakalian
Facilitator: Catherine Farvacque-Vitkovic

Join by Zoom
Meeting ID: 202 499 9868
Passcode: 8jKLKG
Note: The host will open the meeting room at 10:45 for a half-hour of socializing.

Join by phone:
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
Meeting ID: 202 499 9868
Passcode: 072867
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April 29
11:15 am - 12:45 pm


(via Zoom connection)


The 1818 Society Urban and Water Thematic Group