Skip to comments.Baltimore: It Really Is That Bad
Posted on 06/08/2009 5:08:47 PM PDT by FromLori
If anything, The Wire makes it seem better than it is.
We recently had the chance to visit Baltimore, Maryland to see a baseball game. And though the stadium is very nice, we came off thinking that in a sense the HBO show The Wire, actually makes Baltimore seem better than it really is. Because if you watched The Wire, you might conclude that all the messed up parts were confined to some section of the city, rather than the whole thing itself. But it's really all pretty miserable. We regret not putting it on our list of depressing cities.
Even downtown by day is pretty sad, given the prominence of once-glorious money manager Legg Mason (LM). And then at night it's just kind of miserable.
Anyway, we're not the only ones with no interest in The Charm City.
peHUB posts a copy of a letter to the editor from New Enterprise Ventures, a VC firm that's moving out of Baltimore. This part is particularly rich:
Our decision was a result of the high level of crime in our neighborhood. Over the last several years, many of our cars have been broken into resulting in very expensive repairs, our employees have been robbed at gun point, drug needles and used condoms have been left on our front stoop, and psychotic homeless people have menaced our employees and threatened to kill them. We have voiced our frustrations to the local community leaders and police, but the environment has only worsened. The recent local beatings by roving teenagers during the day in this neighborhood, the raucous club in the basement of the Belvedere, and other gang violence throughout the city reinforces the appropriateness of New Enterprise Associates decision to move in order to protect its employees.
All joking aside, it really is tragic, since on the surface there's no reason the city needed to be that bad. It's got a beautiful spot on the water, in what should be a successful Eastern Seaboard state. And unlike Detroit, it wasn't married to a single industry that got absolutely gutted over the past several years. Why do we keep losing our cities? It's an embarrassment.
Anything run by Democrats for long is run into the ground. You think they wasted Baltimore, see what happens to the rest of the country no that they are in charge.
<<< ...it wasn’t married to a single industry that got absolutely gutted over the past several years. >>>
Politics. That’s the only industry I can think to tie to the city. Is there anything else there?
Taxes are too low and gov't is too small?
Ping for later.
> Politics. Thats the only industry I can think to tie to the city. Is there anything else there?
Aside from crime?
One answer and one answer only; The failed “War On Poverty.” The only war we have not, nor could ever win. Pure impossibility.
Sounds like Obama voters, all right.
Yepper, Marty O’Malley went from mayor of Baltimore to governor of the whole once-beautiful state. It is hopelessly mired in Dem politics and the urban corridor between there and DC seems to control their pitiful legislature. I’d love to see the Eastern Shore politically separated from the rest myself.
Baltimore is another city being led by a mayor with a bias, unfortunately, African-Americans mayor have tunnel vision towards their own race and create their agendas based on racism.
Around the Inner Harbor is kind of nice, but it really starts getting seedy a few hours before dusk, when the homeless have crawled out from under the bushes. If you park more than a few blocks from the main street (Eutaw?) it can get pretty dicey.
And then there’s the Ravens fans!!!!!
I was in Baltimore for four days last September for a convention and had a very good time. I was in the Inner Harbor area, which I was told is the only good part of the city.
Thanks to Lyndon Johnson, riding the wave of post-Kennedy assasination sentiments. The % of illegitimate births in black families begins a dramatic upward trend at that point also.
Medical around Johns Hopkins. The company probably took advantage of a tax break offered to companies to move near JH in a run down neighborhood. I’m sure what they found is that a tax break isn’t worth a high cost of living and high crime south west of the hospital.
Didn't Nazi Pelosi learn politics there at her father's knee?
The answer is simple. The limousine liberals impose their socialist agenda in the city such as rent control, public housing and welfare programs and then they flee to the inner suburbs where they surround themselves with gated communities, Whole Foods supermarkets and Starbucks outlets, all the while ensuring that section 8 housing, prisons and check cashing outlets never get built in their neighborhood.
Meanwhile, the conservatives get the hell away from everybody so they move out to the exurbs where they surround themselves with acres of forest, Outback restaurants and big-box stores where they can buy everything they need without having to go near the city.