Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
News Opinion Readers Respond

A better paint job, not illegal murals

I can appreciate the goal to beautify the city with a bit with artwork while potentially causing absent landlords to feel bad for not caring for their property ("Artists target Baltimore vacants," Aug. 14). It's a lofty goal but not a plan that will do much but cause lawsuits from absentee property owners. Hence no positive impact.

How about a joint effort with those painting homes by contractors or homeowners? For every house that is being painted that has a vacant house next door, the artist/activist would paint the vacant house next door for free. Upon filing a permit, the city could provide the contact. That type of program would make the entire neighborhood look better and give the artist/activist a vehicle for exposure and doing something legal and useful. The city would have to give them a blessing to trespass for the purpose of doing ignored work. That would leave the property owner getting a free paint job with no damages, if they even noticed, and help property values in areas that have vacant homes. Only benefits here and less complaints. Just a thought.

I am a city property owner with various rental properties throughout who takes pride in each.

Howard Barshop, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Where's the outrage when an officer is shot?
    Where's the outrage when an officer is shot?

    The Rev. Al Sharpton appeared on C-Span last Saturday in advance of his protest rally in Washington and said he doesn't discriminate when he protests shootings.

  • What about Pa. manure?
    What about Pa. manure?

    On an almost recurring basis lately, The Sun has devoted itself to bringing to everyone's attention the Eastern Shore poultry industry's polluted runoff flowing into the Chesapeake Bay ("Larry Hogan has a chance to be a green governor," Dec. 13). Attention should be directed to the Amish...

  • Unaffordable care in Bel Air
    Unaffordable care in Bel Air

    I am 59 years old, have been a practicing family physician for 30 years and I can't wait to pay my new health care premium for 2015. This past year, I paid $680 a month for my wife and me with a $5,400 deductible. With the Affordable Care Act, in 2015, I will be paying $700 a month with a...

  • Chicken industry threatens all other bay businesses
    Chicken industry threatens all other bay businesses

    Dan Rodricks' column on Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and the Chesapeake Bay missed an important fact: Mr. Hogan's pro-poultry industry comments and pledges are actually deeply hurtful to most Eastern Shore businesses ("Larry Hogan has a chance to be a green governor," Dec. 13).

  • Md. needs outpatient commitment
    Md. needs outpatient commitment

    The article by Meredith Cohn, "Involuntary treatment for the mentally ill in Maryland" (Dec. 10) and your editorial, "Refusing treatment" (Dec. 11), are very accurate. I know because I have had to deal with my son's refusal to take any medication for many years. He is psychotic and very...

  • Outpatient commitment law is crucial
    Outpatient commitment law is crucial

    In response to The Sun's recent editorial, "Refusing treatment" (Dec. 11), what disability rights groups omit when they say that "assertive community outpatient services" are better than outpatient civil commitment for the seriously mentally are the following sad and enduring facts.