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Per The Sun, there’s a new “experiment” afoot in parts of the city that have for years experienced violence.

“The idea is simple: flood them with services,” the paper of record said on Twitter.

This would seemingly be good news in a city where the mayor is focused on changing the narrative–here are communities in need getting help. But many on social media saw it as something else: A municipal government patting itself on the back for jumping over the very low bar of using tax dollars to provide things that citizens need and want.

A lot of the comments go something like this:

I know. “Treat them with common decency” seems like it shouldn’t be a NEW plan.

— Kimberly Hudson (@kimberlylhudson) April 13, 2018

This experiment, otherwise known as “a basic standard of living.”

— VƎX (@vexwerewolf) April 13, 2018

Oh. Civilization. Novel idea.

— Jay Frosting ? (@JayFrosting) April 13, 2018

As with so many things on social media, the nuance of Luke Broadwater’s well-researched deep dive into the program got lost as more and more people decided to pile on. At the same time, these online critics aren’t wrong, either.

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore...