The reality is that since April, Baltimore has experienced a collective mortification about what happened on those two nights a week after Freddie Gray's death — and a collective desire to see them as a turning point that leads to a fairer, more just city. The riots produced a reckoning — a Justice Department probe of the police department's practices, a new police commissioner and soon a new mayor — and also a renewed commitment from community activists, thought leaders, civic institutions, philanthropists and state lawmakers. Baltimore, like may other cities, continues to struggle with violent crime, poverty, drug addiction and stunted opportunities, but it is not plagued by "chaotic unrest." Rather, it is restless as it seeks finally to address problems that have too long gone ignored. To Ms. Haley, Baltimore may be a convenient shorthand for America in decline. But to its residents, it is a place ripe for rebirth.