Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Why Are People Leaving Baltimore City. You'll Want to See This

All over Baltimore City more and more people are fleeing. They are either exhausted or terrified of the current city conditions.
http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/assets/876/493/BaltimoreDowntown.jpg?ve=1&tl=1
via FoxNews
Here is what people are saying (Source: Medium)

I’m tired of hearing about incompetent city leaders who are more fixated on hosting the Grand Prix than dealing with thousands of vacant buildings that create massive slums, and rampant crime.

I’m tired of being looked at like prey.

I’m tired of hearing the police helicopter circling overhead every night, and seeing the spotlight shine in my window.

I’m tired of reading about juveniles arrested for violent crimes who are let go because if it’s not a “murder” case, there’s no time to worry about it, or resources to deal with it.

I’m tired of checking in on neighbor and Baltimore Sun editor Jon Fogg’s Go Fund Me page to see if his family has met their goal to raise funds to help him recover from the brutal attack he suffered as he went from his car to his front door after work.
http://www.gofundme.com/6ba5gk

I’m tired of hearing city leaders delude themselves that people will move to, or visit, Baltimore — with visions of the Inner Harbor and the National Aquarium in their minds.

I’m tired of being surrounded by drug addicts.
http://welcometobaltimorehon.com/a-bleak-narrative-behind-the-title-heroin-capital

I’m tired of answering the question, “Is Baltimore really like The Wire?” Answer: “Yeah it’s a complete shit-hole war zone depending on what street you turn down”.

I’m tired of looking at 11 year olds as potential thieves, muggers and murderers on my walk home from the office.

I’m tired of living next to a beautiful park that I’m scared to walk into at any time of day, thanks to regular stories of day-time muggings, drug dealing and gang violence.

I’m tired of doing the mental checklist of what I will do if I hear someone break into my house.

I’m tired of watching the murder count go up and up like a lottery pool. http://data.baltimoresun.com/bing-maps/homicides/

I’m tired of thinking about the horrifying final moments for 51 year old neighbor, Kim Leto, stabbed to death in her own home by two teenagers.

I’m tired of hearing people talk about how coveted the internships are at Johns Hopkins because you get “battle zone” experience.

I’m tired of wondering why city leaders haven’t said shit about recent horrific murders committed in what I used to consider “safe” neighborhoods.
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-11-06/news/bs-md-ci-fells-double-shooting-20131105_1_upper-fells-point-east-baltimore-fatal-shooting
City officials ignore the fact that neighborhoods like Canton and Butcher’s Hill (supposedly appealing neighborhoods for young professionals, students and families seeking an urban living experience) have seen robberies up 35 percent and violent crime up 30 percent.
https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2014/02/10/crime-spree-1-in-5-violent-crimes-reported-last-month-were-in-southeast-police-district/

I’m tired. I don't have to live here. But I want to stay.
I want to love this city again. I want it to get the crime monkey off its back and become the amazing place and home I know it can be.

Do you live in Baltimore City? How do you feel about its current state?

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