13 June 2009

City Should Look Beyond Inner Harbor In Fighting Crime

By A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.

With stepped up patrols, a nearly doubling of the deployed force, and even the Police Commissioner showing up to perform foot patrol, clearly the city is trying to do damage control.  Recent violence and mob scenes at the Inner Harbor has tarnished the long held, city fueled impression that the area is safe.

If the city truly cared about it’s citizens and actual residents, a similar effort would be seen in the worse neighborhoods.  You know, the kind where lots of people actually live, unlike the Inner Harbor.

Obviously the city cares more about appearance and PR than they do about the people.  With murders, muggings and shootings on a daily basis in the communities, there appears to be no increase in effort and attention.  Instead, the harbor is where it all goes.  This looks good for TV and public appearance. 

While the harbor has now been secured, the rest of us go home and live in fear as  we duck and cover in the war zone that so many Baltimore neighborhoods have become.  Don’t B E L I E V E me?  Check out the crime maps and see how many neighborhoods have murder after murder, and shooting after shootings, all of which going completely unsolved.  Then ask the city, ask the police, what have you done to make things better there?  What have you done to make me feel safer in my neighborhood?

The answer is simple.  NOT A DAMN THING! 

No wonder the overall population continues to decline.  I suppose since the downtown waterfront population is actually growing and with the condos there going for over a million a piece; there’ll be enough tax revenue to support the city, after the rest of us retreat to safety and leave this God forsaken place.  And I don’t say that to be facetious.

Truly, God has forsaken this place.  There appears to be no hope of things ever getting better.  Efforts for improvement are often met by stiff and sometimes violent resistance.  The populace has been lulled into complacency and perpetual repetitive motion.  Why do you think the same do-nothing incumbents responsible for this disaster of a place keep getting voted back in?

4 comments:

dan said...

Have you heard of Citistat, they are actually using the true statistics to remove the temporary police influx back to where it matters. I hate people like you. They city is doing what it is trying to do, while you guys are telling them it should be doing that instead of what they were doing for a short amount of time because you told them to do so in the first place!!

dan said...

Have you heard of Citistat, they are actually using the true statistics to remove the temporary police influx back to where it matters. I hate people like you. They city is doing what it is trying to do, while you guys are telling them it should be doing that instead of what they were doing for a short amount of time because you told them to do so in the first place!!

Anonymous said...

You mean those 250,000 illegal immigrants that have been let reside in the state aren't working out?

I'm sorry to hear that.

The Editors said...

Dan how many homicides have you witnessed? Several for me. When was the last time someone was shot in the head at point blank range in your backyard? Well it happened in mine. So until then, the stuff you say is a bunch of hot air to me.

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