As is true throughout the country, the city’s most insidious issues can likely be linked back to poverty. It is not really surprising that in Baltimore, where 22.1 percent of people lived in poverty in 2017, well above the state’s 9.4 percent, the crime rate is high, for instance. People will turn to burglary, shoplifting and other crimes to get through life if economic opportunities and jobs don’t exist. And there has been little investment in the areas of the city with some of the highest crime rates, according to research funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that came out this week. Low-poverty neighborhoods receive one and a half times the investment of high-poverty neighborhoods, the analysis found. Neighborhoods that are less than 50 percent African American received nearly four times the investment of neighborhoods that were more than 85 percent African American.