It was good to see the mayor of Baltimore walking around the downtown as reported recently in The Sun ("Mayor has a look as police presence rises in downtown," May 20). But once the photo opportunities were done, then what?

It might behoove the mayor to spend a bit more unannounced walking time downtown with her family. Hopefully, she won't encounter what Dan Rodricks did on a walk, as reported in a recent column by him ("Knuckleheads not wanted," May 20). He was almost run down by some children on bicycles racing through the Inner Harbor area. The mayor has acknowledged that there are issues with school-aged kids and that no one wants unruly teams of people in our downtown area. If that's true, then the mayor and her administration need to make clear to our police what is expected of them when dealing with these misbehaved children. It would also be nice if our police, who risk their careers and lives every day for us, had the backing of the mayor and her administration when tough decisions have to be made for the public good. However, I won't hold my breath.

And for those of us who live in the suburbs, but had lived and worked in Baltimore for many years, we do not see downtown as a different country. Baltimore is our city, too, and we truly appreciate Baltimore's culture, history and varied neighborhoods at least as much as Baltimore's mayor.

Frank Mussare, Baltimore