How a Rural Small Town Is Standing Up to Big Government

Imagine if the government sent you a letter saying, “We intend to take your house, demolish it, and build a chain restaurant.” In rural western Maryland, there’s a memorable little town called Cumberland. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, the town was a gateway to the west in early American history and was once Maryland’s second largest city. It’s now quite literally split in half by Interstate 68, which runs right through downtown on a large bridge. Anyone who’s taken I-68 will remember passing through and watching the speed limit drop from 70 to 40. Driving through Cumberland last week, I