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Amtrak tunnel will harm neighbors

As a community member for over 40 years, I am truly disheartened to acknowledge the underground construction of more trains running under my home ("FRA picks plan to replace problematic Amtrak tunnel beneath Baltimore after years-long review," March 31). I literally live around the corner from the North and Pennsylvania Metro trains. I am approximately 10 blocks from the light rail and the Amtrak tunnels and tracks. I can hear the whistle blowing, but this isn't poetic, like the Johnny Cash song. How can this construction and pollution be sustainable for a neighborhood's healthy and enjoyable life? How many holes can you drill in one area until a disaster occurs?

Much has been said about the betterment of the economic environment, but how about the human beings who deserve a safe, clean and reasonable life in this neighborhood? Yes, we have many less advantaged citizens in this locality. So what? As Station North creeps from the east, with a supposed rejuvenation of North Avenue and an evolution of Sandtown, how is it possible that its population's well being is not paramount?

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There are countless articles, investigations and testimonies on the imminent dangers connected to this plan and others like it. Put yourself in our places, where you risk your livelihood, health, even life because others believe they know best for you — even though there are examples of the opposite. How would you proceed?

Please consider that this missive represents the voices of many through one.

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Joyce J. Scott, Baltimore

The writer is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow.


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