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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 The Wire

In a pretty depressing survey conducted by the Warnock Foundation, city residents are more likely to identify with The Wire than the Ravens by a 10-to-1 margin. In related results, only 16 percent of residents surveyed think Baltimore is one of the greatest cities in America, and they cite poverty, drugs, and education as the main problems facing the city. Sheeeeee-it.

2 Baltimore Marathon

It’s not surprising that local residents seemed to handle the traffic issues associated with the marathon better than they did those associated with the Grand Prix. The car race was loud, expensive, and was won by a guy from France, while the footrace was quiet, healthy, raised money for dozens of charities, and was won by a guy from Owings Mills.

3 Harbor Point

Even before developers tear into a protective cap over the toxic soil where they intend to build an upscale office tower where a chemical plant used to be, investigators have found elevated levels of cancer-causing chromium in the area outside the targeted area. How many more strikes must this project have against it before everyone agrees it’s a bad idea?

4 Mercy Medical Center

The hospital is severing ties with Kathleen Slone CNM and Associates, Baltimore’s largest practice of certified nurse-midwives, forcing the group to close down. The hospital claims that two recent malpractice cases (neither of which involved the practice—only one involved midwives and it’s pending) have caused insurance rates to go up and that the hospital is looking to cut costs. This despite the fact that midwives have better outcomes, cost less, and are the primary care providers for pregnant women almost everywhere in the world. And we wonder why our health care system is so fucked up.

5 Santoni’s

The venerable Highlandtown market will close down after more than 80 years, laying off 80 employees. It’s a huge loss to the neighborhood and the city. We’d be inclined to lend our sympathies to owner Robert Santoni Jr. for the closing, likely due to bad economic times and increased competition from chain grocers, except that he claimed, ridiculously, that the 5-cent bottle tax—which he campaigned vigorously against—was “the sole reason” for the closing. Santoni’s knows baloney—and that’s a lot of baloney.


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