Heartbroken in Canton [Letter]

I have lived in the Canton area for 55 years and have been a city resident for 63 years. My husband and I raised two daughters here, who in their adult lives decided to buy homes in the Canton area. We are all within walking distance of each other.

However, our youngest daughter, who has two young children, recently decided that Baltimore City — and Canton in particular — are no longer safe places to raise her children. As her parents, this saddens us. We never thought it would come to this.

I love Canton because I can walk to many places. Yet even I am getting leery. I don't know what needs to be done, but if something doesn't happen quickly, Canton and the city will lose many good people.

Catherine Smertycha, Baltimore

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