This past Sunday, a group of Herald-Mail reporters took a look at the past, present and future of Fort Ritchie, the historic Army base in the northeast corner of Washington County that's scheduled to close on Sept. 30.
After 47 years as an armed forces facility, the fort is being taken over by a quasi-public agency, the Pen-Mar Development Corporation, which envisions redevelopment that will bring 2,000 jobs there eventually.
The biggest roadblock to that project is the fact that the base is far from any large road that would support the sort of traffic associated with manufacturing. Instead, the Pen-Mar board envisions high-tech companies that would send out their products over fiber-optic phone lines instead of by rail or by truck.
That sounds good, but let us suggest a possibility in addition to that, one which uses a concept that many people in Hagerstown should be familiar with already.