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Old 04-27-2015, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Now what???!! Outta ideas.
"Stop rioting" would be my first suggestion.
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Old 04-27-2015, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I saw your earlier posts Sunflowery, and my heart goes out to you.

To all of you regular folks just trying to live your lives, please stay safe.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:15 AM
 
Location: USA
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Maybe because Baltimore has been infested with ignored poverty for so long, that no one wants to invest in it. Other than that, all the money in the world could not fix it.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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Corruption, selfishness, prejudice, lack of opportunity, and not enough supporting, planning, contribution, and humanitarian efforts. Its a shame becuase just because DC has the government, NYC the cultural/financial headquarters along with its immigration appeal, Philadelphia basically left away its inferiority complex and after a bit of a decay like Baltimore (and even NYC and DC), decided to bring investment along with building communities. Sometimes, downsizing (St. Louis, Pittsburgh, New Orleans come to mind) mean that despite the loss of certain industry, you can still have a decent city even if there are some rough spots.
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Maybe because Baltimore has been infested with ignored poverty for so long, that no one wants to invest in it. Other than that, all the money in the world could not fix it.
What, pray tell, is "ignored" poverty? I'm friends with a young woman who grew up poor in Newark, NJ and has now become a very successful auditor with the Feds while raising a young child; battling cancer; and working on pursuing her terminal degree. She's more accomplished than I'll ever dream of becoming, and I grew up in a middle-class suburban household in a neighborhood that was 100% white and in which probably 50% of the householders were college-educated. I'm a failure professionally who often skips meals due to poor life choices. She's a success professionally who is often able to splurge due to better life choices. Urban blacks need to get over this "I'm a victim" mentality and start grabbing life by the horns.

We are all given free will. We all have choices to make. VERY generous financial aid packages and scholarships are available for inner-city youths to further their educations beyond high school so they can become productive members of society and not end up flipping cars over and looting liquor stores, as the whole country has now been watching for days on national news. Nobody is telling these poor black youths who are rioting "you can't work hard and better yourselves to achieve the American Dream". You need to work hard to achieve success, and these communities need to stop waiting for everything to be handed to them.

I will say that poor urban blacks tend to be resentful of even lower-middle-class whites because they blame whites for their own unfavorable socioeconomic predicaments, hence why it's unlikely you'll see much in the way of white-led gentrification coming to majority-black neighborhoods in Baltimore until if and when more middle-class and upper-middle-class BLACK households FIRST make the effort to move in to help to bridge the gap a bit. As long as upstanding middle-class blacks don't even want to raise their families around these animals we see wreaking havoc in the streets you're not going to get ANYONE ELSE to want to "turn around" the city, either. Now that I learned that some fellow whites were targeted JUST FOR BEING WHITE I've canceled our plans to visit Baltimore this summer.
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I occasionally lurk on the Baltimore forum. I like Baltimore. I've noticed that a lot of the negative comments about the city are the same as the ones I used to hear about Philadelphia 10+ (and especially 15+) years ago. If Philadelphia can manage to rise above its own former negativity, I'm sure Baltimore can too. The cities are similar in many ways.
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Old 04-30-2015, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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I can't wait until all this mayhem finally is passed on to a different city and state. I kind of long for the dull and boring days when the only action seen in the Baltimore forum was a thread about some random reference to the city that Infinite Heights overheard while buying cigs at 3 a.m. at his local Royal Farms.
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Old 04-30-2015, 06:18 PM
 
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To the question posed by the title of this thread: All you need to do is look at what has been happening in Baltimore the past week. That will give you your answer.

Another thing... I submit that allowing concealed carry permits in Maryland will see these sorts of rioting drop dramatically. Responsible property owners have every right to defend their families and property.
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:31 PM
 
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is the fourth city philly? because if so... yea... philly is a dump.

I used to think that the NE Corridor was a mecca for new urbanist reborn cities. After spending a lot of time in all of them, I stepped back and realized that there's only really 3 cities worth a damn in the entire area, and they are DC, NYC & Boston.
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Old 05-01-2015, 06:53 AM
 
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Look who's in Charge of your Government. Baltimore is Detroit Bound on Steroids ~ Way to Go!
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