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Mountain Biker: You hit the nail on the head. One of the economic drivers for the city is the Inner Harbor area. A tourist draw that has seen business drop since the riots. I’m sure that there are a lot of people who have said to themselves instead of Baltimore why don’t we go to (fill in the blank).

The sad thing is that the big stores like CVS can take the hit. The Mom and Pop stores, many owned by African Americans, have seen their livelihood destroyed. Hard working people just trying to take care of their families, and hoping they don’t get shot in the process.

Fifty years of liberal Democratic rule has turned parts of Baltimore into the Wild West. Many have no hope of breaking out of the poverty cycle. Undereducated, under motivated, and unemployable, no wonder selling drugs is so appealing.

I don’t know what the answer is, but what they are doing now sure is not working. My fear is this is the tip of the iceberg. Will St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, or Newark be next???