Baltimore is in my opinion a city which should generally be avoided. The aquarium is nice. Camden Yards is lovely. They rest of the city, well, there’s always Dover.
I remember riding the light rail into the city for the Army/Navy game one year and looking out the window and wondering how it was that the slums in the Dominican Republic looked far better than the slums in Baltimore. And in Baltimore the slums seemed to be a lot larger too. They went on forever. Couches, tires, God only knows what else lined the railroad tracks. I am sorry Baltimore – and I mean that, you are one of America’s historically great cities – but I have visited you a number of times, and the impression I have generally come away with is not good.
All this despair isn’t for lack of government planning or resources. The suburbs of DC provide a steady supply of tax revenue for social services. The Feds are only 40 miles away and would like to mitigate any national eyesores. And yet, for all the attention and all the money, Baltimore remains a disaster.
I am pulling for you Baltimore, but you’ve got Biblical level problems.
(From The Baltimore Sun)
“I am asking all of you out there looting to stop it. Please stop it. It’s hurting the city of Baltimore in more ways than one. We you loot the CVS store that means that your relatives who work in those stores can’t go to work, so they can’t get paid. There’s a ripple effect. This has gone from being a protest to rioting. This is not the protesters. These are people rioting and destroying property and looting. We have to put an end to it.”
Former Gov. Martin O’Malley urged the city to come together and said he would return early from a trip to Ireland.
“I’m saddened that the City I love is in such pain this night. “All of us share a profound feeling of grief for Freddie Gray and his family,” he said in a statement. “We must come together as one City to transform this moment of loss and pain into a safer and more just future for all of Baltimore’s people.”
But civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson said ending the riots in Baltimore isn’t the remedy to fix what ails the city and it’s people.
How great (really it’s sad) is it that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are sparring over Baltimore’s riots?