Baltimore City Council swearing in ceremony by MDGovpics
Some members of the Baltimore City Council at swearing in Ceremony
surrounding Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector
Is there anything more appalling than mean spiritedness; at least not to this septuagenarian old timer there isn't.
In "my neck of the woods" there are those I call mean spirited that make it a cause. Of course they wouldn't dare refer to it in that way. That would be politically incorrect. But mean spirited it is, couched behind a front, a façade of phony public rectitude who make it into "a safety issue".
That "safety issue" has to do with their mean spirited attitude toward the homeless, addicted, mostly unemployed and simply hungry who offend these people's delicate sensibilities.
One of "those" I have in mind has been in the local news lately, one Rochelle "Rikki" Spector, a woman on the Baltimore City Council who herself lives in an area of Baltimore called "Harborview", a new upscale townhouse development where townhouses go for more than a $ million.
This piece of work (and she's not alone where the City Council "is considering legislation to make it tougher for the penniless to beg on our sidewalks". [i] ) objects to people panhandling, asking for change from motorists on the streets, outside restaurants and parking meters where she complains the "police don't enforce laws", apparently ordinances on the books the cops ignore that were intended to curb panhandling.
Now you see downtown Baltimore with its "Inner Harbor" visitor mecca, "Camden Yards" baseball and Ravens stadium football arena nearby and soon to be casino now under construction has become something of a vacation tourist destination and panhandlers presence are not exactly wanted, appreciated or invited to the "festivities".
Add in the nearby gentrification with its upscale townhouses and luxury apartments that has turned areas that were once factories, industrial warehouses, broken down docks and the like and voila Baltimore (or certain parts of it) is no longer the blue collar town it once was. Yeah, crabs and beer still prevail but the "wine and brie" crowd are starting to proliferate.
And it's assumed the latter must be the city constituents who elected Spector to her City Council seat and support her crusade to rid the city of "this atrocious behavior" where she says, "This isn't targeted toward anybody but bad behavior is bad behavior". Oh, really!