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Rats! President Trump Exposes Baltimore's Collapse

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on July 29, 2019 16:12

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Bernie criticized capitalism in Baltimore; Obama criticized racism. Trump criticized Baltimore's elected officials for conditions in their city. Why is that wrong?

Controversy over President Trump's tweets about Cong. Elijah Cummings district reminded me that I almost became a part of the Baltimore Establishment.

I had been teaching business communication for 14 years for Johns Hopkins University. Faculty meetings were held downtown or in Homewood, close to West Baltimore, so I got to see conditions for myself over a period of time.

You didn't have to be Bernie Sanders or a Theo Anthony to realize that something was seriously wrong. Indeed, in 2013 I was invited to join a Hopkins faculty working group on social entrepreneurship to improve conditions in Baltimore.

I agreed, provided they had room for Milton Friedman fans.

The professor in charge sent me a proposal, saying she was open-minded but learned economics from Walter Heller, a booster of LBJ's "War on Poverty."

Nevertheless, I reviewed it, thinking the university wanted diverse viewpoints. What I saw was not inspiring, as I wrote:

Just looked it over. I'm certainly no expert on urban renewal, though I grew up in the Bronx; more of a historic preservationist, and a Jane Jacobs and Mayor Giuliani fan. Do you have Fred Siegel of the Manhattan Institute involved?

Instead of social-science matrices, I'd like to read histories of successful civic turnarounds and invite those involved in them to talk to Baltimoreans about what worked and what didn't. Then, from the histories, work out a few basic principles that Baltimore could apply.

The whole "lab" thing leaves me cold, since it sounds like 1960s urban renewal Model Cities redux. Overall the proposal reads like grant speak, designed for foundation funders rather than to solve a problem, which are two different things. "Rebranding" to me may be what "humanistic" is to you--I'd prefer a rethinking, to come up with some fundamentals that might work.

But the constraint would be: Who could pay for it? If I knew, I wouldn't be teaching Bus. Comm. -- I'd be working for Donald Trump...

Her email reply just noted that I seemed to have interests in "the zone" and that cities needed to develop market readiness. It went ahead as CityLabsUSA, without me, but I guess with foundation funding, although apparently to little effect.

In 2015, the city's economy dramatically soured as violent crime spiked following Black Lives Matter riots over the death of Freddy Gray in police custody.

President Obama criticized Baltimore: "This is a slow-rolling crisis..This has been going on for a long time. This is not new and we shouldn't pretend it's new," adding, "so let's condemn the violence. But let's not ignore the underlying problem. Let's not pretend the system is fair. Let's not pretend everything is okay..." 

Today, the leftists criticize Baltimore but blame racism or capitalism for its problems; they don't hold its elected officials responsible for conditions the city, including rat-infested slums.

President Trump obviously sees things differently.

 

 

 

 

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on July 29, 2019 16:12

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