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A life lesson in mayor's reversal on park

Local GovernmentStephanie Rawlings-BlakeKraft Foods Group Inc.

I know stating the obvious is not usually print-worthy, but did I just see Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake do a complete flip-flop and try in the open to get away with it ("Rawlings-Blake calls for park study group," Oct. 3)?

Her "my way or the highway" approach has kept many issues in city government seemingly in check. However, when this is challenged, it is hard to keep back the real person (monster within), and that is what happened to Councilman Jim Kraft recently when he was accused of "poisoning the community" when he dared to involve those around Patterson Park when it was about to be violated by plans for roads and paving for parking spaces developed without his knowledge.

The mayor quickly "caved in" when confronted with 5,000 citizens rightfully voicing their opposition — and three more meetings on this issue about ready to take place. Bouncing back and to show who is in charge, Mayor Rawlings-Blake has now directed the councilman to create a "Patterson Park Master Plan Working Group" and, most importantly, not to do anything without community involvement and support.

There is a lesson here to be learned and an important one about how best to govern. It is hard to do so when you are insulated and protected and not able to feel the pulse of the community.

Raymond D. Bahr, Baltimore

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