A thriving Penn. Avenue is key to a safer Baltimore

The month of September 2018 was the worst September for homicides in at least a decade with a body count of 37 (“Shooting victim dies from injuries as Baltimore violence continues, homicide count reaches 234,” Oct. 2). I personally believe that in order to place our city back on the right track, two things must transpire. The Pennsylvania Avenue corridor must be restored assuming its rightful place as the most historic African-American landmark in the United States. Learning centers, retail businesses, entertainment venues and restaurants are but a few of the possibilities. Local folks would benefit from the creation of hundreds of jobs. Merchants would once again populate the landscape.

In order to make all of this a reality, we must rely on our police department to become involved using hundreds of "beat cops.” These special men and women would become friends with the residents on their beat and consider them as extended family. The good people of our city would protect officers who are sincerely interested in their welfare. Implementing both of these ideas would be a win-win for our great city.

Bill Hennick, Towson

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