Baltimore City’s mass water shutoff is making national headlines and drawing an unsurprising, unflattering comparison. ThinkProgress published an article with the tantalizing headline “This City Could Become the Next Detroit.”
Reading it, I’m amazed that the city would decide to go ahead with a plan to shut off the water to 25,000 households, even setting the aside compassion. When Detroit tried it, the United Nations condemned it as a violation of “international human rights.” So, it doesn’t really complement Baltimore’s constant effort to attract all those new families.
But forget how it looks. It’s not even logical. A Baltimore Sun investigation found that businesses, government offices, and non-profits account for $25 million of the $40 million owed to the city in delinquent water payments. And yet, households are being hit with the shutoffs.
But forget what’s fair. What about the increased risk of disease?
And it goes on from there. Read the whole article here.