District 1 Councilman Zeke Cohen (center right) meets with Fells Point business owners concerned about crime, drug dealing and general lawlessness that has become a problem in the area. (Jerry Jackson)
Baltimore communities unite over crime issues
Originally published in the Baltimore Sun
In a city often divided along racial lines, then, there seems to be broad agreement that communities suffer a diminished quality of life and increased violence when public officials refuse to deter prostitution; public urination and defecation; dangerous traffic violations; and the conspicuous and unlicensed sale and consumption of large quantities of alcohol, marijuana, and other illicit substances.