Many do not consider the Inner Harbor a neighborhood, or even part of Baltimore

Terrific young Baltimoreans have implemented the Inner Harbor Project, and director Celia Neustadt demonstrates superb organizing skills ("Common Ground at the Inner Harbor," Mobtown Beat, June 5). What a party it must have been at West Shore Park that Wednesday evening! As a 20-year resident of the Inner Harbor, I'm sorry the invitation didn't include the folks who live nearby. We surely would have enjoyed the festivities and all the suggestions about improving this area.

Many do not consider the Inner Harbor a neighborhood, or even part of Baltimore-that was pointed out in a video the Inner Harbor Project produced. (I wish city tax collectors saw us that way and lowered the exorbitant property taxes we pay each year!) The "high-powered band of downtown civic and business leaders" Neustadt recruited should understand the Inner Harbor is a residential community and our input is important.

It's no secret we sometimes experience crime and violence in the neighborhood. I've been threatened when I asked a bunch of skateboarders to stop damaging the statue in front of our building. The harm skateboarders do is evident all around the Inner Harbor, yet they consider the area an enormous ramp.

Roz Heid


TGFSpitballin' I just wanted to say that I am so glad you guys have a sports column like Spitballin'. I am not a typical sports fan in that I have much more of a love of the mythos, history, and drama than of the numbers, stats, and politics that can only be found in sports.

Jim Meyer writes for people like me, people who love the smell of the dirt in center field when waiting for the first pitch on opening day, or watching the replays of the 1983 N.C. State miraculous NCAA championship. He makes current sports seem classic.

I thought that "Hi Ho-Wait, When Was the Last Race?" (May 15) was one of the best things I read in City Paper in a long time. I sent a copy of it to all my staff in the office and we all got a kick out of it (pun intended).

Peter M. Cardamone


Sarcastic Civics I'd like to thank Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-(Tax)Break for her continued support of the locals by her dealings with the lobby crew for Walmart, for trying to be a sweetheart for the Harbor Point development deal, and by showing true leadership by abstaining from the recent vote regarding hiring practices for corporations that are granted large Baltimore City contracts (Baltimore City Power Rankings, June 5). I'd also like to thank her for pushing the Stone Soul Picnic out of Druid Hill Park onto the hot summer asphalt of M&T Bank Stadium parking lot and scrapping the well-attended International Festival that used to entertain us (on the grass at least) at Poly/Western High. And her efforts to drain the citizens literally with the monster that handles our water bills (Department of Public Works) cannot be overlooked. I'm sure the financial juggernaut that is the Baltimore Grand Prix will give the city an unbelievable windfall.

Sherman Stephens


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