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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Trees

A U.S. Forest Service study of 10 cities, including Baltimore, found that trees have tremendous health effects and estimated that, in Charm City alone, the shade-givers remove about 14 tons of pollution a year, resulting in about 140 fewer asthma attacks, 240 fewer cases of labored breathing, and one less premature death per year. But we’re sure the Grand Prix fumes that replaced the trees along the path of the track are just as good for us, right?

2 Nicholas Mosby

While a lot of local activists raged about the George Zimmerman verdict and others raged that local violent deaths don’t get nearly as much attention, the 7th District councilman continued his diligent work, holding weekly “peace rallies” in different troubled West Baltimore neighborhoods each Friday night, 14 rallies so far. These rallies and the ongoing efforts of the 300 Man March organizers offer hope of more grassroots activism in response to Baltimore’s murder epidemic.

3 Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Sometimes Il Mayore’s regime seems genuinely as bungling as that of her namesake, Il Duce. This was one of the those weeks, as federal authorities arrested Renita Franklin-Thrower, who the administration hired to run the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) only 14 months after she pleaded guilty to embezzling $30,000 from the American Red Cross, where she previously worked as a payroll administration. BCPR imagines previous experience with corruption is a requirement for this administration.

Ben Carson

The former Hopkins doc has taken a job at the Washington Times, yes the right-wing rag owned by Rev. Sun Myung Moon, of Moonie cult fame. The esteemed neurosurgeon used his first column to rail against the “PC police” who criticized anti-gay comments Carson made. So if Carson has an opinion, he is courageous and brave. If anyone else has an opinion about his opinion, they are fascist PC police. BCPR guesses he made the right move leaving Hopkins Hospital, where logic is required, and moving on to the fringes.


Less than two months after a truck collided with a CSX train in Baltimore County, causing a massive explosion that set the city on edge, a CSX train at a Landsdowne crossing struck and killed a man. The train company, in the middle of a massive expansion that will bring more and bigger trains into our area, should maybe spend less time suing accident victims (as they did the truck driver, for mussing up their train) and more time improving safety precautions around crossings.


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