Important Baltimore livability issues

Every day when I go jogging through Baltimore all sorts of scenes attract my attention. I see a lot of positive things, but I also see trash, crime, and empty houses.  Grime, lawlessness, and abandonment drive away people because these challenges make the city less livable.  Over the last 48 hours I have received three emails related to making Baltimore a more livable city. I want to share these three situations with you.

Today the North Baltimore Patch published the following opinion piece: Remington vs. Business: Why? The author wonders why some people in Remington seem to want to eliminate development. The author sees the grime of Remington and doesn’t understand why some people would hold back progress that could help eliminate some of the lawlessness, grime, and abandonment in Remington.

Councilman Nick Mosby sent out the following two emails to his 7th district constituents (I am one of them). The first email addresses the trash issue that plagues the entire city.  I really hope people jump on the pick up one piece of litter campaign. It seems like that I see people littering every day instead of picking up trash. Yesterday I confronted a guy dumping a SOFA in my alley behind another house. He claimed he lived there and that his uncle worked for the city and he was going to pick it up last night. The sofa is still there. I was on my fire escape when I yelled at him so I could not see his license plate unfortunately. The sofa is still there and I am pretty sure the guy does not live in the 3-unit house.

In the second Mosby email we are informed about the new city council ordinance that is supposed to “stop liquor store owners from selling food, goods, wears and merchandise to youth under the age of 21”. Problem liquor establishments plague many areas of Baltimore. Kids see adults hanging out at these places and they want to be part of the “cool crowd” that hangs out. Adults need to stop setting such poor examples and liquor establishment owners need to take the high road and stop allowing or ignoring the illegality that can emanate from their establishments.  The emails are below:
“COUNCILMAN NICK J. MOSBY AND BLUE WATER BALTIMORE PRESENT THE “ONE PIECE” LITTER CAMPAIGN

Baltimore, MD (May 21, 2012) Every time it rains, storm water carries trash from the streets into storm drains, which lead directly to our streams, harbor, and the Chesapeake Bay, and the Baltimore City Department of Public Works spends an extra $10 million every year to clean trash from our streets and waterways.

In response to these serious environmental issues, Councilman Nick J. Mosby and Blue Water Baltimore have partnered to introduce a viable solution, the “One Piece” Litter Campaign. “What we are asking is simple,” says Councilman Mosby. “If every citizen in Baltimore picked up just one piece of trash a day, and disposed of it properly, the costs to our environment and our tax dollars could be dramatically reduced, and the benefit to our neighborhoods would be tremendous.”

Councilman Mosby and Blue Water Baltimore are asking you, and members of your community, to pledge to become part of the “One Piece” Campaign. All you have to do is click here to download your pledge certificate, and then go out into your community to pick up at least one piece of trash every day, and dispose of it properly.

Once you have participated, post your picture on the “One Piece” Facebook page doing the “One Piece hand” symbol (the number 1 sign on your left hand, and the peace sign on your right hand) to let us know you are part of the “One Piece” family.

Follow the “One Piece” Litter Campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

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For more information about the “One Piece” Litter Campaign, contact Eli Lopatin at Eli.Lopatin@baltimorecity.gov. “

and…

“7TH DISTRICT COUNCILMAN NICK J. MOSBY TO DISCUSS LIQUOR ORDINANCE DURING CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING AND TWEETCHAT ON TWITTER

BALTIMORE, MD (May 21, 2012) In some Baltimore City communities, liquor stores have become the neighborhood “corner store”, serving as the only place community members can purchase minor groceries. In March, Councilman Nick J. Mosby introduced an Ordinance to City Council that proposed to stop liquor store owners from selling food, goods, wears and merchandise to youth under the age of 21.

“The fact that minors patronize liquor stores, rather than convenient stores, to purchase soda, chips and candy on their way to and from school, normalizes alcohol, making it more likely that they will purchase alcoholic beverages when they are of age,” says Councilman Mosby. “It is critical that we turn the tide on this reality.”

Wednesday, May 23, 2012, the Baltimore City Council will hold a public hearing on the Liquor Ordinance in City Council Chambers at 100 North Holliday Street, 4th Floor, at 5:00 p.m. You must have I.D. in order to attend the hearing.

After the Liquor Ordinance Hearing, Councilman Mosby will host a Tweetchat for further discussion on the Ordinance. The Tweetchat will take place on Twitter, Wednesday, May 23, 2012 from 8:00pm-8:30pm. To follow the chat live, log on to http://www.tweetchat.com, and enter the hashtag #LiquorOrd.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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About Adam Meister

Baltimore politics. The views of Adam Meister.
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