5. The city is irredeemable. We get this a lot, and it makes our blood boil, which is the point, of course. Baltimore’s biggest trash problem isn’t the litter in the streets, it’s the shade cast by those who seek only to antagonize and don’t care about the actual circumstances of this city, the chronic under-funding of vital programs like special education, the legacy of segregation and red-lining, the health epidemic of drug abuse, and so on. For decades, this country has lacked a coherent urban strategy, but it’s gotten demonstrably worse under this president. That’s what Americans should be talking about, not whether rats or trash can be found in the back alleys.