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Old 04-25-2015, 05:26 PM
 
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Having spent a week in the Sandtown area of Baltimore it is quite clear what is holding the city back- crime.
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Old 04-25-2015, 05:35 PM
 
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Having spent a week in the Sandtown area of Baltimore it is quite clear what is holding the city back- crime.
This^^.
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Old 04-25-2015, 05:44 PM
 
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Many folks that live in the city (including myself), would have liked if Greyhound moved to Penn Station. However, Peter Angelos and other powers-that-be didn't want it to be moved there.

I guess that they didn't want too many folks hanging around the station. Baltimore's government would rather "hide" the homeless than to do something permanently about it.
That's easy for you to say. If you live or work in the neighborhood that the city wants to turn into the Bowery/Skid Row - the Charles North/Old Goucher area - you might feel differently. Sure we fight lots of stuff that is supposed to help the needy. But that only means that a every program doesn't end up here. Most still do. The area only has a three or four thousand residents. There is no way that the residents need thousands of drug treatments slots or a thousand free meals a day in the soup kitchens. The place is actually pretty quiet in the early evening after the services close... and before the prostitutes start work.

Unfortunately, in Baltimore the needs are overwhelming. The more services that you provide in one place, the more that place needs. You can't catch up.
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Old 04-26-2015, 06:46 AM
 
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The white working class areas have already been gentrified, the black areas are too dangerous to gentrify. The hope was Section 8 vouchers would push out enough blacks to the county but that plan doesn't seem to be working fully.

The success of any city going forward is how it manages its poor black population. You can get by with poor Hispanics but the cultural rot among poor blacks spawns poor schools, high crime and increase in social spending with no money coming in.
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:06 AM
 
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The white working class areas have already been gentrified, the black areas are too dangerous to gentrify. The hope was Section 8 vouchers would push out enough blacks to the county but that plan doesn't seem to be working fully.

The success of any city going forward is how it manages its poor black population. You can get by with poor Hispanics but the cultural rot among poor blacks spawns poor schools, high crime and increase in social spending with no money coming in.
You bring up an interesting point. Baltimore has a class of poor Hispanic and Whites, who do not encompass the amount of crime in our city. I would love to know the official statistics.

I can tell you that in poor neighborhoods, their is not allot of fun activities to do for youth. Their needs to be more community centers for children to engage and play. Their needs to be more industry so people can work and live a humble life. I disagree that the black area's are to dangerous to gentrify. It depends where. Ednor Gardens, Lakeside, Northwood, Ashburton, Glen are just some examples of middle class gentrification opportunities.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:17 AM
 
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I can tell you that in poor neighborhoods, their is not allot of fun activities to do for youth. Their needs to be more community centers for children to engage and play. Their needs to be more industry so people can work and live a humble life. I disagree that the black area's are to dangerous to gentrify. It depends where. Ednor Gardens, Lakeside, Northwood, Ashburton, Glen are just some examples of middle class gentrification opportunities.
I agree on rec centers and jobs for youth - idle hands and all. Give 'em all something fun and possibly profitable to do, make it a win/win.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:24 AM
 
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i agree on rec centers and jobs for youth - idle hands and all. Give 'em all something fun and possibly profitable to do, make it a win/win.
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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I agree on rec centers and jobs for youth - idle hands and all. Give 'em all something fun and possibly profitable to do, make it a win/win.
Absolutely. I am a mentor for a 13 year old boy over east and I have discovered that children/teenagers who are involved with some sort of after school activity statistically have a higher chance of success later in life. This 13 year old boy who was locked up at 11 years old is no longer in trouble, A's and B's and has matured immensely. I remember we used to ask the church's and synagogues to please create basketball hoops for us just to have some recreation. The city government has continually denied us (my group) a vacant building to be used as a rec center! Imagine if ever neighborhood or at the least, district, had a rec center with tutoring support? But nope So guess what, these buildings continue to decay and so does the children's childhood. But lets put the money towards over priced apartments next to the hood...Unbelievable.
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:26 PM
 
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Absolutely. I am a mentor for a 13 year old boy over east and I have discovered that children/teenagers who are involved with some sort of after school activity statistically have a higher chance of success later in life. This 13 year old boy who was locked up at 11 years old is no longer in trouble, A's and B's and has matured immensely. I remember we used to ask the church's and synagogues to please create basketball hoops for us just to have some recreation. The city government has continually denied us (my group) a vacant building to be used as a rec center! Imagine if ever neighborhood or at the least, district, had a rec center with tutoring support? But nope So guess what, these buildings continue to decay and so does the children's childhood. But lets put the money towards over priced apartments next to the hood...Unbelievable.
Kudos to you for mentoring!

I remember when the PAL centers were shut down due to budget woes, I thought that was a bad move. For those who don't know - PAL stands for Police Athletic League, rec centers with cops helping out, a community program.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:49 PM
 
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Now what???!! Outta ideas.
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