At long last, a vital physical asset to our health and well-being in this city is proposed for protection and conservation. City council member Kristerfer Burnett is readying legislation that would save from destruction or bulldozing for public or private development 842 acres of old-growth forest in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, one of the largest urban forests in our region. That’s most of the 1,000+ acreage that comprises Baltimore’s largest park.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, my husband and I embraced nearby Druid Hill Park as an urban gem for outdoor recreation. We started playing tennis there, met friends for socially distanced outdoor hangouts, rode bikes in the wooded hills on the north side of the park, and volunteered to water trees for the city’s forestry division.
Eutaw Place neighbor Henri Daniels organized a meeting at Unity Hall last month to have members of the city Department of Transportation hear concerns about a bike lane that could be installed on Eutaw Place. Approximately 60 people attended the meeting.
The mayor has approved a proposed city police redistricting map that will transfer Bolton Hill from the BPD Central District, which stretches south from the neighborhood and includes most of the Midtown benefits district and Downtown/Inner Harbor, to the BPD Western District.
With his term-limited administration winding down, Gov Larry Hogan (R) has made the city an offer it probably should refuse: take possession of the aging State Center 28-acre campus once it is emptied out of all state workers.
“My car and I just got attacked by squeegee kids after I politely declined their services when pulling into exit six off JFX coming home, so they surrounded my car and lifted up my windshield wipers and sprayed the car down while banging on my glass with their squeegees and cussing me out. I already called the police to inform them…. I can only imagine how I would feel if I had kids or other passengers in my car and how terrifying it would be. These people are menaces and must be stopped firmly or things could end very badly the next time.”