This view of Baltimore's future is severely limited. Why? Because it omits almost any reference to the principal resource of any city — its people. Something over 600,000 people live in Baltimore. Some of them are new arrivals, and many more have lived here for many generations. And yet, right now in the 21st Century, grinding poverty, joblessness, ill health, substance abuse, and violent crime still plague far too many of our city's residents.