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?