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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Orioles

After a fantastic All-Star Game in which five Orioles made appearances and the Orio—excuse us, the American League—earned home field advantage in the World Series, the team got the back-half of the season started as well as possible, sweeping the mighty Texas Rangers in their home stadium. In the crowded AL East, BCPR likes the hometown team’s chances more than ever.

2 Baltimore Police Department

At press time, it’s been almost a week since a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore resulted in the death of an apparently unarmed man, and the department has yet to produce a coherent explanation of what happened. Meanwhile, local witnesses have stepped forward to describe the police using excessive force, with one witness saying “they beat this man to death.” To avoid alienating the local community during a crackdown on violent crime, when it needs cooperation most, the department must respond quickly and prosecute any officers who acted illegally.

3 Gregg Bernstein

A lot of people—Wire scribe David Simon among them—have suggested the state’s attorney facilitates Baltimore’s homicide spike by only pursuing “easy” cases and letting lots of accused murderers return to the street rather than using resources to prosecute them. Bernstein responded by cracking down on . . . dirt-bike riders? After a rider received a 90-day jail sentence for riding a dirt bike on the street—the first time a rider has gotten jail time—Bernstein triumphantly called the dirt bikes “a menace to our neighbors and neighborhoods.” You know what else is a menace to our neighborhoods? 129 murders so far this year. Get your priorities in order.

Grand Prix

Race officials announced that there is still no title sponsor for this year’s race, to which Il Mayore seems to desperately cling more than anything else in hopes of a legacy. Maybe with the Super Bowl Champion Ravens and revitalized O’s, she’s had her fill of sporting events. Might BCPR suggest that she solve two problems at once and turn the Grand Prix into an international dirt-bike race and expo? As the 12 O’Clock Boys demonstrate, we’ve got more talent here than any other city on Earth.

Harbor Point

What once seemed like a slam dunk for billionaire developer Michael Beatty and doughboy John Paterakis now looks shakier than ever: About a hundred protestors turned up at a City Council hearing to express disgust with the city’s plan to issue $107 million in bonds for infrastructure at the site, and the hearing was extended until Aug. 7, but The Sun estimates that with other tax abatements and credits, the total cost to taxpayers for this development—the future home of Chicago-based energy company Exelon Corp.—is $400 million. BCPR wonders how many neighborhood police patrols that would pay for?


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