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.
What do you expect from the city that spawned Dawn Davenport?!
You know I remember in the early 1970’s when articles appeared everywhere condemning the people for fleeing from Milwaukee the newspapers all had huge headlines “White Flight” and said how horrible and racist the people were for leaving. Now over 30 years later they are still wondering why the cities are such cess pools? Same old, same old doing the same things over and over and expecting different results...Insanity Reigns in those cities. St. Paul used to be a nice city not anymore! They just kept welcoming the trash and now the city is trash.
“no reason the city needed to be that bad”. really? I can think of quite a few reasons the city couldn’t escape it... TCBE’s and many of ‘em.
You can visit areas in west Baltimore which you will think you are not in America.
Thanks for the travel tips. I’ll try to check out those areas (cautiously) the next time I’m down there.
We also get the police helicopters buzzing around with the spotlight on.
If it weren’t for the tremendous infusion of federal dollars into Maryland, it would probably rank near the bottom of states economically. Its proximity to DC means lots of federal workers and federal contract workers. The Gov, who was the mayor of the failed city of Baltimore, now has 4 BILLION stimulous dollars to dole out to his favored ones. It’s a state of limousine liberals and government dependants.
Nancy Pelosi’s daddy Thomas D’Alesandro didnt help, Her brother Thomas D’Alesandro III was worse. Martin O Mally ,better known as M.O.M. sucked and then along came Sheila Dixon.
When is her trial to start anyway?
Ya know, it makes me think of starting a new reality show, After Dark with Smith and Wesson.
Sad part is, I would wind up in jail. This country is so screwed!
And it’s not only white flight. Minorities who are productive members of society and want to live in a better area flee the cities too.
Because of political correctness, it’s hard sometimes to talk about the problems of the cities. But it’s not so much racial as it is that the cities have critical masses of people who are :
uneducated, unemployable, unable or unwilling to live in civilized society, youth gangs whose “job” is criminal activity, the homeless, many of who are mentally ill, baby mamas, poor people.
Can we ask Obama or other good Democrats about the war on poverty, and what their exit strategy is? That war was started by a good Democrat, Johnson, along with a heavily Democrat Congress. Hubert Humphrey declared we would eradicate poverty in 10 years. We’re way off that schedule, with no end in sight to the war on poverty. Poverty won the war on poverty. It’s not so much a poverty of money as a poverty of values and upbringing. Such a tragedy, such a waste of human life. And Democrats are never called on it.
Baltimore - Zimbabwe on the Chesapeake.
I lived in Towson for two years in 1987 - 1989. That was enough for me and I made a beeline for Texas. What ever happened to Curt Schmoke, the mayor of Baltimore during the late 80s? Did he end up in jail?
Once the weather gets nice, the knuckleheads starting coming out in droves. In all honesty, it's relatively safe - notwithstanding the A.A. county cop who was shot 100 yards from my home last year. However, there are parts of Baltimore that look like third-world countries - you just have to avoid them.
He didn’t end up in jail, but they still talk about him.
He has been the dean of the Howard University Law School since 2003.
I'm thinking about making a beeline to Texas myself in a couple of years. Two of my favorite things are guitars and guns, so I would probably fit right in in the Lone Star State after I lose my Bawlmer accent!
Id love to see the Eastern Shore politically separated from the rest myself.
I’d vote for that! I live in Tolchester.
Wow—the correct answer in just one post. Well done!
We keep losing our cities to barbarians because we as a country have lost our will to address the isues of crime and violence and have made it an issue of race rather than an issue of criminality.
Portland Maine a beautiful city on the water just hired a new police chief who said he wanted to help contain the gangs. CONTAIN. Why would Portland Maine want to give any sort of residence to this sort of criminal infestation is beyond my comprehension. One eradicates criminals and their behaviors. One makes them want to leave the state. In this way one protects one’s citizens. In thirty years Portland will become like all the other cities in the country...overrun with barbarians.
I’m a bit stunned to learn he is the Dean of a law school especially since he called for the legalization of marijuana while mayor.
I now live in Alabama but thoroughly enjoyed my time in Ft. Worth. I lived for a short time in Austin and did not like it. It was much too liberal for me.
You’ll take a ribbing over your “Bawlmer” accent but I ‘spect you’ll come to love Texas. Lots to see and do there.
Thanks. I’m not surprised he is still a topic of conversation.
I have only been to Baltimore once and that was for a week 50 years ago. It didn’t look very good to me then, I’d hate to think how it must look now.
I know that Austin is very liberal. I frequent a tavern by BWI and have met many Southwest Airline flight attendants from Texas. I hear Dallas/Ft. Worth is nice and have heard good things about Amarillo and Lubbock. One of the F.A's I met is from Amarillo and she makes fun of my accent, but I don't get mad at her - she's just way too cute!
Too bad...when I first went to Baltimore in 1976 the Convention Center was being patrolled by two man police teams with dogs and leaving you hotel was a scary experience. When I came back in the mid 1980s the Inner Harbor area was a show place although just outside that area was still a combat zone. Apparently the hoodlums have again taken over.
I agree criminality is the point. However as long as we can not address race this will not change. The fact that certain races commit proportionally way more crime either is addressed head on or we just sit back and continue down this path to national suicide and let the country be destroyed. Race IS an issue and not just with crime. 40-50 years of pretending it is not has brought us to today.
My sons spent a few months at Hopkins ... incredible institution in the most unfortunate location. The hospital staff warns patients’ visitors to have an escort when leaving the premises.
We stayed at a home for family of pediatric patients, half block from the main entrance .. you could literally see the place from that entrance... but they would not let us walk it alone, always had to have a uniformed escort. Just so sad.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!