At the beginning of August a prominent resident of Mount Vernon and his friend were shot on Chase Street in Mount Vernon. The friend died and the prominent resident was seriously injured. Today an arrest was made in the case. The suspect is named Quinton Decarlo Bass and even though he has not been in Baltimore for long you can find him on the Maryland Judiciary Case Search site three different times. Case Number 0B02176692 lists him as living at 620 Fallsway which is the location of the Homeless Resource Center– “Baltimore’s largest emergency homeless shelter for adult men and women”.
The Homeless Resource Center is one of a handful of homeless oriented facilities along the Fallsway which happens to be a short walking distance to Mount Vernon and the starting at $1500 a month luxury one bedroom apartments of downtown Baltimore. If the Fallsway was not littered with homeless oriented facilities and useless government owned buildings it would be prime real estate where (property and sale tax) revenue producing large buildings could be built. When I ran for city council 2007 I received a call from a resident of Mount Vernon who lived on Calvert Street who told me that he was very unhappy with Our Daily Bread’s relocation to the Fallsway only two blocks from his house. He said he had caught people defecating in his backyard after Our Daily Bread opened.
There is no doubt in my mind that this incident will make more people think long and hard about the plethora of homeless facilities that border downtown and Mount Vernon. Some of the patrons of these facilities are clearly dangerous individuals who roam up to Mount Vernon during their free time.