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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


 

1 The Gun

For yet another week, the gun remains number one, with far too many bullets. According to The Sun, non-fatal shootings are up a staggering 23 percent over this time last year. On Saturday night, seven people were shot in West Baltimore, including a 15-year-old boy who was killed just three days after four people were shot, two fatally, in a Pigtown rowhome in a dispute over $10. These group shootings have become so common the Anthony Batts has given them a name, calling them “cluster” shootings. The tragedy, by any other name, remains.

2 Station North

Education, occupancy, and entertainment are not a bad way to build a city. And with 115 bands playing at Scapescape, the opening of the Baltimore Design School, and the sale (and reoccupancy) of Load of Fun, the Station North Arts and Entertainment District is providing just those crucial elements to the city—and proving the perfect counterpoint to the costly, unfair, and ineffective policies playing out with Harbor Point and the Grand Prix. BCPR thinks if you’re gonna go deaf, it might as well be from listening to some great local music.

3 Firefighters

A long period of arbitration ended last week as the unions representing Baltimore City firefighters and $RB agreed on a new contract that gives firefighters a 14.5 percent pay increase in exchange for working eight additional hours a week (in 24-hour shifts). Despite the potential dangers of the longer hours, we’re glad they’ll be getting more money overall (plus some new trucks), especially if it means less money for $RB’s cross-country speaking engagements.

4 Grand Prix of Baltimore

On the streets and in the taverns, Baltimoreans can’t stop talking about the Grand Prix! Wait. No one is talking about the Grand Prix because, heading into its third year, no one seems to care, other than to bitch about traffic and downtown looking like a gulag. Last year’s race lost millions, this year’s race still lacks a title sponsor, and J.P. Grant, the Columbia money man who saved the race last year, expects to lose money again. BCPR thinks that the city may have finally come to its senses, because telling the Grand Prix that it can’t happen the next two years because of an Ohio State-Navy football game and an American Legion convention is like saying you can’t go on a date because you’re washing your hair. We’re busy!

 

5 Don Dwyer

No longer satisfied with being a drunken danger to the boating public, Delegate Don Dwyer of Anne Arundel County has taken his drinking to the road. The outspoken Republican anti-civil rights activist was arrested last week for driving his Cadillac under the influence. The arrest came just 350 days after his last arrest, for boating while boozing. Weirdly, the drunken delegate was also in the news after his neighbor, believing Dwyer (perhaps rightly) to be the Devil, tried to trick him into smoking PCP, sicked his dog on the delegate, and then forced him off a pier. We at City Paper do not condone any of these actions, but we did find them kind of hilarious.

 

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