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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Guns

The summer of the gun continues with 12 shootings over the past weekend, including that of a 7-year-old boy, shot while he was playing outside of his home. Blame poverty, blame the war on drugs, blame the Baltimore Police Department’s policies—or the mayor’s for that matter—but the gun rules Baltimore’s streets and no one seems to know how to dethrone it.


In the movies, when large chunks of a city are leveled, it’s bad news. In Baltimore, where vacant properties are an endemic blight and possible enabler of crime, it’s good policy, so Il Mayore gets props for bumping up the building-busting budget to $22 million over the next two and a half years with the goal of leveling blighted buildings to make space for urban farms, green space, and playgrounds as placeholders for development. We’ll believe the business about green spaces when we see them, but tearing down vacants is a good start.

3 The Senator

The landmark Baltimore theater will finally reopen on Oct. 10 with a screening of Hairspray after an 18-month break, during which it underwent a $3.5 million renovation. The new space will have three smaller-screen theaters to go with the big one and a Mediterranean restaurant called Bar Zini. Finally, a coming attraction.

4 The local economy

Maryland lost nearly 10,000 jobs in July, the third-biggest loss in the country. Since the only states that did worse were New Jersey and Nevada, BCPR doesn’t think that gambling will do much to help create jobs. Maybe $RB can hire 10,000 consultants? Does the governor’s presidential campaign need staffers? Or maybe we can all start slinging coffee to the rich people at Harbor Point coffee shops?

5 Jim Johnson

Sure, he’s got 39 saves under his belt, but he’s blown nine, a staggering 23 percent of his save attempts, and last week blew three in a row for the second time in a season. That’s a lot of blown saves for a team just 4.5 games out of first. He’s the least closingest closer in all of closing. Jim Johnson, no coffee for you.


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