"...financial help [for a number of smart growth projects in Maryland] has been a trickle so far, and two of the first four redevelopment projects picked last year for special state assistance ran into snags -- one in Southern Maryland for mysterious reasons, the other on the Eastern Shore ensnared in a bitter local political controversy.
Though the state is blameless in either situation, the difficulties sap what preservation advocates say is an already anemic effort to boost redevelopment. They have questioned Ehrlich's commitment to the Smart Growth policies of former Gov. Parris N. Glendening."