Having the national spotlight on Baltimore isn’t always comfortable. But on balance, I think it’s a good thing when some of the structural reasons for Baltimore’s troubles are given greater scrutiny.
All of a sudden, people everywhere have opinions about Baltimore–including the New York Times, which published a scathing Sunday editorial about the city’s problems that really didn’t pull any punches.
Jane Brody, a writer for the New York Times, evaluates her overall health as “healthy”.
This weekend, the New York Times took a long, hard look at a crucial part of the justice system that often gets overlooked: judges. And the Times used as its main example a Maryland judge with some intense opinions on juvenile justice.
The grand, marble-stepped entrance to the Baltimore Museum of Art has been closed to visitors for as long as I’ve been alive. But starting next month, visitors will be able to walk up that grand staircase, pass between those massive columns, and enter into the museum in the grand old fashion.
Baltimore’s new curfew law is one of the strictest in the nation. It calls for kids under age 14 to be off the streets by 9 PM; those aged 14 to 16 can stay out until 10 PM. The law is intended to reduce crime and improve safety, but it’s been criticized as overly strict and unfair. And now the New York Times is weighing in on the debate.
Every time I write about 12 O’Clock Boys, Lotfy Nathan’s documentary film about Baltimore’s dirt bike riders, a slew of comments ensue: These kids are exhibiting a blatant disregard for the law, making our streets unsafe, and even causing accidents that kill people.
Well, anti-dirt bikers, now’s your chance to start some beef with the New York Times, which featured an article about the 12 O’Clock Boys by Nathan in yesterday’s op-ed section.
Did you see the giant New York Times article about how the American health care system is really bad at handling pregnancy? It’s frustrating, to say the least. The average total price for a having baby is $30,000; make that $50,000 if you get a C-section. (Insurance typically pays only a little more than half of that, and 62 percent of women with non-employer insurance don’t have maternity coverage anyway.) Even more frustrating? The same level of care costs way less in nearly every other country. In Ireland, maternity care is free; in South Africa, giving birth costs less than a quarter what it does Stateside. Nonetheless, we have one of the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality among industrialized nations.
It ran in “T” Magazine, the paper’s glossy, seasonal travel publication, and was paid for by Visit Baltimore. Perhaps remembering that New York Times readers are really into how “quirky” Baltimore is, the four-page ad emphasized our city’s “classic gems and quirky delights,” from A(rtscape) to Z(appa, Frank) — with nods to the “Kooky! Kitsch! Kinetic!” sculpture race, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Prix, gay marriage, and Cafe Hon’s giant pink flamingo. It’s a little heavy on the kitsch, but there’s some substance there, too. As for the price tag? “For getting that kind of broad audience and that level of circulation, those projects tend to run about the same across the board,” Visit Baltimore’s chief marketing officer told the Baltimore Business Journal. You can see the PDF of the entire ad here — check it out and let us know what you think!
Katherine Newman, Johns Hopkins’s new dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, is a busy lady. Along with being an administrator, she also serves as a sociology professor and a widely-cited expert on a number of issues. You may recall seeing her name around quite a bit in the weeks after the Newtown shooting; Newman is an expert on school shootings. This week, though, she tackles a different subject in the New York Times: how certain states (especially in the South and West) unfairly shift their tax burden to the poor.