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Raymond W. Kelly

In the media, divergent perspectives on Baltimore

In the media, divergent perspectives on Baltimore

Baltimore is an American version of Gaza, with an occupying army of heavily armed police in the streets and military helicopters overhead night and day.

No, it's a flash point for social revolution against economic inequality with an even larger army of street-fighting men and women on the march for social justice.

Sorry, everybody knows it's actually "The Wire," with all those boarded-up rowhouses and young men on the corners.

No, wrong again. For all its problems, Baltimore is mainly its citizens with their rich cultural traditions, valued institutions and tenacious optimism.

Those are some of the different visions of the city that various TV and...