I want to respond to an article in The Frederick News-Post about Baltimore that was printed last week. In the article, there was mention of one of the drug rings, called LNG (short for Liberty and Garrison) that operated in the northwest area of the city, Garrison-Liberty, which refers to Garrison Boulevard and Liberty Heights Avenue, an area in which I lived for 23 years growing up in the fine city of Baltimore.
In those long-ago days, this area had good stores, excellent schools, a movie theater, restaurants, and almost everything a middle-class family would need. You could walk alone at night, leave your front door open, raise your children without fear, and the yards and streets were impeccable.
People wanted homes in the area, and the children who were brought up there continued to live nearby to be close to their families. Flash forward to 2019 and look what has happened — a repetition of changes that have taken place in many of the major cities in the United States.
The tweet by the president of the United States calling the area rodent-infested, a place where nobody wants to live anymore (a racist and despicable remark). There are drug gangs and dilapidated and abandoned housing, the stores have all but vanished, and you rarely see people walking in the streets, even in the daytime. It makes me very sad and extremely angry. What have Gov. Hogan, Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, the federal government, the local government, industries or the public done to address the problem?
Yes, like all major cities in this country, Baltimore has its share of problems.
A solution to Baltimore’s problem will go far as an example to other cities that have gone through changes in population and available jobs for those unemployed workers, and for those who need decent affordable housing. Why don’t big manufacturing plants and new technology hubs relocate to areas like Baltimore? Amazon moved part of its headquarters to Arlington, Virginia, which was already a thriving community and will just become more populated and more expensive for people to live there. Baltimore was never considered as an option. Legal migrants who need homes and are willing to work should be welcomed to Baltimore. I am not an expert in city renewal, just a past Baltimorean who is saddened by what is being said about the city of my birth and the home now to many who want change.
Please someone, you have heard the alarm, now go to work!
Alice L. Haber