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What's the plan for revitalizing Baltimore's neighborhoods?

Regarding your editorial "What was Rawlings-Blake waiting for?" (May 6), the current mayor and all her predecessors since the 1968 riots have contributed to the marginalization of the city's residential neighborhoods in order to revitalize the Inner Harbor.

Since the 1968 riots, the industrial base in the Inner Harbor has been transformed into a tourist hub with additional job creation in financial services, filmmaking and retail.

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By her own admission, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake didn't have a solution to the lack of urban renewal and job creation in West Baltimore. She didn't need one to get elected.

Now that the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to conduct a full-scale civil rights investigation of Baltimore's police department, it's time for the mayor to do something significant, such as offering a vision for economic development in the forgotten residential neighborhoods of Baltimore.

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Mark M. Spradley, Chevy Chase

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