It’s been observed before, but it’s worth noting again: Many of Baltimore’s worst problems stem from concentrated poverty. There are broad swathes of the city where a high percentage of people live below the poverty threshold. The effect? People become isolated. Businesses do not thrive, so it’s difficult to find employment. Social cohesion suffers. Health problems manifest. There is increased crime, gun violence and addiction. Schools become places of potential respite for youngsters instead of places of learning.
The lesson for Baltimore of inclusionary housing: Location matters (a lot)
November 30, 2023