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Baltimore's image is taking a major hit

Funeral services begin for Baltimore City Detective Sean Suiter at Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries in Cedonia.

Citing “escalating violence,” Carroll County school officials halted field trips to Baltimore (“Should Baltimore ban field trips to Carroll County?” Nov. 28). If there was ever a sign that Baltimore is quickly becoming a “Tale of Two Cities,” this is it.

After a run downtown and back to Roland Park on Sunday, I sat in the Starbucks in Roland Park, as I often do and an impromptu conversation arose between several of us who had recently watched “Baltimore Rising" on HBO. I began to wonder, “How many of these people even know what Sandtown is?"

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I know a lot of incredible, smart and caring people in Baltimore. I grew up with many of them. The resources to attack the urban jungle that the city is quickly becoming can be found within the corporate boundaries of Baltimore. The commitment and leadership to put them to work is what is missing. I often suggest to Chinese clients that they visit Baltimore and consider making it a site for investment. This morning, a businessman in Xi'an in Western China asked me, "Is it a safe place to live?"

I assured him it was, but the perception that is fostered by stories like this about Carroll County are going to make it easy for tourists and investors to look elsewhere.

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Roland Nicholson Jr., Asheville, N.C.

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