Baltimore “is on the brink of a breakthrough — or a breakdown,” Pastor Donte L. Hickman Sr. of Southern Baptist Ministries tells the New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg in a multifaceted article on Baltimore published Tuesday.
The piece looks at the city six months after the riots, considering their impact on the shifting political landscape, the spike in crime and the interaction between the “Two Baltimores” that followed. Even Fell’s Point business owners get a voice.
Criticism isn’t spared for current leadership:
“The city is crying out,” said Ebony Harvin, a hotel manager and assistant pastor of the New Solid Rock Pentecostal Church in Pigtown, once the city’s meatpacking district. “We are hoping for a better Baltimore, but it starts with leadership. If you’re trying to move forward and one of your legs doesn’t function well, eventually you’re going to fall down, and I think that’s what’s happened in our city.”
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