i was reading some replies on another thread. it seems as if bmore/md benefitted from dc because of the huge # of white collar jobs it supports. id on't know if it would be the hub of the mid atlantic. theres always philly. although i guess bmore would be seen in a better light if it weren't so close to dc but i'm not so sure. i noticed that the preponderance of forumers seem to be liberals. it seems as if md would be more of an ohio politically than a liberal state without the dc suburbs. well maybe more liberal than ohio cuz the population would be lower. the bmore area would be a larger %age of md's population. but note that no bmore counties are liberal like pg and moco. also would there still be a majority black county with a high population like pgco? i've read that gtown and alexandria were major cities long ago. i wonder what would have happened w/o dc? then of course there's dc's effect on the bmore real estate mkt.