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Fells Point community concerns are valid; threatening to extort Baltimore to fix them is not | COMMENTARY

by DrewLUD
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First, some perspective: There’s been something of a COVID-19 pandemic going on, and the consequences for the hospitality industry have often been dire. One of the curious side effects in Fells Point, for example, has been to push young, sometimes drunken patrons into public spaces with now-legal carryout cups of booze, particularly on the weekends, with unfortunate consequences, including: more trash, more disorderly conduct, open drug use, vandalism and, yes, violence. The police response to this has probably been subpar, but then a lot is being heaped on their plate right now given the concentrated gun violence in other parts of the city. Some of these problems around Broadway Square may ease naturally as COVID restrictions that limit indoor gatherings are lifted. Others may require a more concerted effort from both the public and private sectors (and more about that in a moment).

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Source: Baltimore Sun