Editor, The Guide:
With interest I read your article regarding the aftermath of the area’s most recent St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Canton Square.
Unfortunately, these festivities also managed to overflow unto the surrounding communities(as expected). I live alongside Patterson Park in Highlandtown. The overflow of cars that we encounter day to day from neighboring streets, Creative Alliance events, park ball games and regular park activities was further heightened by Canton partygoers who did not manage to acquire a spot closer to the Square.
The parking situation is irritating enough but when you witness a drunk urinating in front of your house in broad daylight, who shrugs her shoulders after I scold that the street is not a public restroom, then proceeds to drive away endangering others, its time for the party planners to head back to the table.
Blah, Blah, Blah….everybody has got to work together. ……that mantra does not seem to be working. Do not get me wrong. It’s great that our county and city neighbors want to visit us (Highlandtown, Patterson Park and Canton), but they need to act responsibly and when they do not the city needs to act by issuing tickets.
The business community and the City of Baltimore need to plan out these events together.
If the city is issuing permits for street events they should also plan out parking so that it does not impact the area residents. Angle parking on all streets. Marked car spaces on the street itself so that a driver does over-park a space…..issue a ticket when outside a space.
Assign more foot patrol during events so that the overindulged do not lose their dignity by using the streets as a public restroom. I do love the city and have been in Highlandtown for over 25 years but lately, because of the parking and now getting Canton overflow, I am thinking about leaving the city.
Editor, The Guide:
My family resides very near O’Donnell Square. We have given up and move out during the St. Patty’s and Preakness weekends. It’s a broken record. Every year people meet, discuss the problems and it’s repeated.
My answer–public drunks, brawlers, people that vandalize get loaded in a police wagon and arrested immediately. Police should be at every corner and patrolling alleys. I find remnants of drug use in the alleys, litter, etc.
We pay high taxes for what? Off and on trash pick-up!
During the weekend a car was side swiped in from of my house. Of course, a hit and run. I of course cleaned up the broken glass and plastic.
Yesterday I cleaned my own street. Picked up many cans and broken bottles.
Amazing my dog has not cut her feet with the broken glass everywhere.
After 10 years of living in Canton-
1. Multiple broken flower pots/plants pulled
2. Two broken car antennas
3. Two sideswiped cars
4. Three keyed cars
5. Multiple fights outside my door
6. Blood trail across my marble front steps
7. Two car breakins (resulting in over $700 losses)
8. Badly dented car hood from drunks sitting on it
This is one reason we are selling this spring and moving.
Baltimore can say goodbye to my tax dollars.