Terrific young Baltimoreans have implemented the Inner Harbor Project, and director Celia Neustadt demonstrates superb organizing skills ("Common Ground at the Inner Harbor," Mobtown Beat, June 5). What a party it must have been at West Shore Park that Wednesday evening! As a 20-year resident of the Inner Harbor, I'm sorry the invitation didn't include the folks who live nearby. We surely would have enjoyed the festivities and all the suggestions about improving this area.
Many do not consider the Inner Harbor a neighborhood, or even part of Baltimore-that was pointed out in a video the Inner Harbor Project produced. (I wish city tax collectors saw us that way and lowered the exorbitant property taxes we pay each year!) The "high-powered band of downtown civic and business leaders" Neustadt recruited should understand the Inner Harbor is a residential community and our input is important.
It's no secret we sometimes experience crime and violence in the neighborhood. I've been threatened when I asked a bunch of skateboarders to stop damaging the statue in front of our building. The harm skateboarders do is evident all around the Inner Harbor, yet they consider the area an enormous ramp.