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Baltimore City Power Rankings

Photo: Illustrations by Alex Fine, License: N/A

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Guns

The number-one power players on the streets of Baltimore asserted themselves over and over again this weekend, leaving as many as 20 people shot and eight murdered. The bloody weekend comes days after news that more than 1,000 guns were lost or stolen from Maryland gun stores last year, the third-highest total of any state. Gun-control policies are useless unless regulations are strictly enforced. Maryland can do better. It has to.

2 Martin O’Malley

As BCPR pointed out last week, the governor has been all over the place on a lot of issues (mandating fees to protect the bay one day, seeking an EPA exemption for Carnival cruise line the next), but he’s always been a national leader in implementing health care reform: This week his Office of Health Care Reform began efforts to get uninsured Marylanders enrolled in the new program that launches in October. Overall, Marylanders will be healthier as a result. The bay is another story.

3 Baltimore Museum of Art

Director Doreen Bolger announced this week that the BMA plans to reopen the historic Merrick entrance—the big beautiful one which has been closed since 1982—as part of its ongoing renovations, which will also include a refurbished African gallery, two new Asian galleries, and one for Tiffany glass. Bolger says the BMA has already raised $21.3 million for the estimated $28 million project. BCPR hopes they don’t have to fire any more employees to come up with the balance.

4 Workers

The “quit rate”—the number of Americans who quit their jobs—is at its highest level since 2009. That’s good news because it means people might reasonably expect they can get another job and therefore are more confident in telling their shitty bosses where to stick their shitty jobs. And indeed, Maryland added 4,600 jobs last month.

Anthony Batts

The BPD chief might want to have his officers stop facilitating so much heroin-dealing (see officer Ashley Roane) and try something, anything—perhaps starting with a return to his predecessor’s strategy of going after “bad guys with guns”—to stop the endless killing on Baltimore’s streets. It’s a crisis and we need a crisis-level response, not more press conferences.


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