Archive for the ‘Baltimore’ Category

Did Trump spur a Baltimore clean-up?

August 9, 2019

Last week — following Trump’s tweet calling out Baltimore — we reminded readers that:  Once upon a time, Baltimore was thriving…

Noting former mayor William Donald Schaefer’s positive leadership and attention to detail, concluded:

imagine a mega-initiative to clean-up the inner city — haul away the garbage (and maybe some of the rats).

Hire Baltimore’s notorious squeegee boys (and other unemployed residents) to attack the problem.

It wouldn’t fix all of Baltimore’s problems, but it would be a conspicuous step forward.


Well, the city administration didn’t rally the notorious squeegee boys (nor anybody else, as near as we can tell).

But, some people did step up…


Once upon a time, Baltimore was thriving…

August 2, 2019

Anybody remember Mayor William Donald Schaefer?  Tom Peters does…


Baltimore has gotten a lot of attention this week … with Pres. Trump indelicately singling the city out as a poster child of inner-city blight and political malfeasance.

It wasn’t always so.

We lived in suburban Baltimore County for 10 years … starting in 1990.

The city had its issues, but they seemed to be under control.


“Excellence” guru Tom Peters credits the leadership of a William Donald Schaefer.

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Lotto: The $6 million dollar man …

September 9, 2015

Just in case you missed it …

The City of Baltimore has negotiated a $6.4 “wrongful death” settlement with Freddie Gray’s family.

You remember Freddie, right?

He was the 25 year old drug dealer with a long rap sheet who died of a broken neck in police custody.  He was arrested for fleeing police and died while being transported from his place of business (a drug distribution corner in rough-and-tumble Baltimore City) to the police lock-up.

Six Baltimore cops (black & white, male & female, young & old) are charged in connection with the death but haven’t been tried yet.

According to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:”This settlement is being made solely because it is in the best interest of the city, and avoids costly and protracted litigation that would only make it more difficult for our city to heal and potentially cost taxpayers many millions more in damages.”




This settlement is preposterous on several levels …


Baltimore prosecutor moves to keep Freddie’s autopsy secret … hmmm.

June 9, 2015

OK, I love conspiracy theories … and, here’s one for you.

According to the Baltimore Sun, “Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby plans to seek a protective order that would block the release of Freddie Gray’s autopsy report and other “sensitive” documents as she prosecutes the six police officers involved in his arrest.”

Not surprisingly, “an attorney for one of the officers said the effort shows that “there is something in that autopsy report that they are trying to hide.””


What’s going on?


Shocker: Murder rate spikes up in Baltimore.

May 21, 2015

As Gomer Pyle would say: “Surprise, surprise, surprise”.


The Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore has logged 96 homicides so far this year … a 30% increase over last year.

To put that number in perspective:

Last year, Baltimore’s murder rate was 5th in the country … a rate higher than Chicago’s; trailing only Detroit, New Orleans, Newark and St. Louis.

During the same period, New York City logged 54 murders.


Here’s a rhetorical question: What’s behind the surge?


Baltimore Fix: How about more Jesuit high schools?

May 6, 2015

Yesterday, we looked at the numbers re: Baltimore City school’s spending …

Summary: Over $16,000 per student …  top 4 (or higher, depending on the study) in the country … with a  student to teacher ratio of about 15 to 1 … and a student to “adult” ratio of about 8 to 1.

Not bad.

While researching the post, I stumbled on an article in Business Insider:

How a Baltimore school that only accepts poor students has a 100% college acceptance rate.

The article profiles Baltimore’s Cristo Rey High School  which has achieved a 100% college acceptance rate among graduates despite taking only students from disadvantaged neighborhoods



How does Cristo Rey do it?


Baltimore Fix: More spending on education … say, what?

May 5, 2015

A largely unchallenged claim in the past week is that the way to fix many of Baltimore’s inner city problems is to spend more on education.

Makes sense until you look at the numbers.

Based on 2010 Census numbers, Baltimore City spent almost $16, 000 per student … more recent analyses peg the number even higher.

That spending level ranks Baltimore City 4th among school districts with at least 40,000 students …  more recent data reflecting an infusion of additional Fed funds pushes the ranking up to #2, trailing only NYC.


Let’s put those numbers into context …