Several years ago, my wife Dawn and I decided to move back to Baltimore to raise our family. Leaving my investment banking job in New York, I did not expect my friends there to understand the decision. What I also did not expect is that many of my friends in Baltimore would not understand it either.
The fact that Baltimore has suffered an extraordinary breakdown of public safety and governance over the past four years is not a “narrative” — it is reality, a reality that has caused profound pain for many hundreds and has heightened daily fear for thousands more.
We can write President Trump off as a stupid-racist all day, but we would be liars if we acted like our city also doesn’t have serious problems. I say that as a native, as a property owner, as a person who is still burying friends who were victims of gun violence, as a person whose community work in Baltimore has been documented, as a lifelong resident and a citizen who is sick and tired of seeing poor black people ignored.
We asked readers to share their versions of Baltimore in 150 words or less and were overwhelmed with images of the city that don’t often make the headlines. And all of it is Baltimore – our Baltimore.
Thousands of people have posted their Baltimore experiences on social media to counter the president’s characterization of our city as filthy and unlivable. Will you add your voice to the chorus? We’re looking for snapshots of daily life in Maryland’s largest city in 150 words or less.
The institutions in Baltimore that are a part of the University System of Maryland are doing a lot to make Baltimore better.