Baltimore city needs a new mayor. It's not that Stephanie Rawlings Blake is a bad person or isn't trying her best to deal with the city's problems. But her approach to crime just isn't working ("Southeast on edge over crime as neighbors call for measured debate," Feb. 12).
Public safety is the city's number one problem right now, and as long as it continues, it will suffocate most other efforts to do the right thing for Baltimore.
There are reasons why crime in some neighborhoods is increasing. Clamping down will only go so far unless there is a better effort to understand the roots of the problem.
Unfortunately, the mayor spends most of her time not listening to citizens' complaints but having her deputy mayors put out fires before they reach her.
Baltimore has changed dramatically in the last 50 years, and what we have now is related to how these changes took place. Environmental injustice and income inequality have played a major part in shaping the situations we see today that make our attempts to deal with crime even more difficult.
For Baltimore to overcome its current crisis the mayor needs to develop a better understanding of how the increase in crime came into being and what is needed to reshape the city along the lines of greater fairness for all its citizens rather than just putting the lid on its problems.
Raymond D. Bahr, Baltimore
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