Who is the worst mayor in America?

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

A mayor’s job, generally speaking, is to be an advocate for their city and to promote its economic well-being. One of the most important ways to achieve this is to attract and retain residents by creating a high quality of life.

Livability – defined by density, walkability, and strong public transit – is central to this. Mayors across the country have woken up to the idea and are pushing their cities forward, from Michael Bloomberg to Rahm Emanuel to our own Tom Menino. Just last week, Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett declared that it is time to stop building their city for cars and start creating a place that people want to be.

Yet other mayors are stuck in the past, convinced apparently that their cities are one gimmick or convention center away from prosperity.

But who is the worst?

For our money, Baltimore’s Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the score to beat. Since assuming office in the wake of Shelia Dixon’s indictment in 2009, Rawlings-Blake’s reign has been characterized by a lack of vision, bungled projects, and ineptitude. She has presided over sweeping cuts to parks and after school activities, tax breaks for a big box superblock development, and straight-up cronyism.

Still, nothing typifies SRB’s failure as Baltimore’s mayor better than the ongoing Grand Prix debacle. The city recruited IndyCar to hold an annual race on the streets of downtown Baltimore. Rich with wide thoroughfares and generous curves, downtown streets are ideal for open-wheeled race cars driving 180 miles per hour.

Setting aside the questionable optics of staging a car race in the heart of a city, the Baltimore Grand Prix is a logistical nightmare for residents and workers. Concrete barriers and bleachers disrupt travel patterns for drivers, transit riders, cyclists, and pedestrians alike for a month leading up to the event. Trees are removed in the name of cleaner sightlines. And the noise!

Yet Rawlings-Blake champions the event as a critical jolt for the city’s economy, despite all evidence to the contrary. The Baltimore Marathon is responsible a greater economic impact with almost no inconvenience.

But the worst part is the blatant corruption behind its planning and execution. Following the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix in 2011, Baltimore Racing Development was having trouble paying its bills. Eventually it filed for bankruptcy and left its creditors (including Baltimore City itself) in a lurch. Obligations, such as replanting those street trees were never fulfilled. For all its trouble, Baltimore got stuck cleaning up after BRD’s mess and paying for it.

After everything that happened in 2011, SRB and her team worked feverishly to help create a new organization, Race On LLC, and start planning the 2012 Grand Prix. The new organization is led by her largest campaign contributor and made up almost entirely of the same clowns who botched it up the first time. The same people who absolved themselves of their responsibilities are now collecting salaries to do it all over again. With the mayor’s full blessing and encouragement!

This is the true brilliance of SRB’s awfulness. Not only does she aggressively pursue exactly the wrong projects and policies, she employs corrupt and misguided tactics to make sure they happen.

Rawlings-Blake can’t be blamed for all of Baltimore’s ills – its drugs and crime, it’s 6-lane one-way streets, or its ineffectual transit system – she inherited those. But we can ask why she insists on thinking backwards and refuses to embrace progressive ideas. Baltimore deserves better.

That’s our vote. What do you think? Do you know a mayor who can top it? Leave your suggestions for worst U.S. mayor in the comments. Next week we’ll compile the results and see if someone can dislodge SRB from the top seat.

131 thoughts on “Who is the worst mayor in America?

  1. Tom
    February 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Mayor Chuck Reed is the worse Mayor San Jose has ever had. Morale is the lowest ever and employees are leaving for other cities every day. Our salaries have been cut, and promises about pension and sick leave payouts have been broken. This website says it all: http://www.protectsanjose.com/content/30-officers-resign-san-jose-police-department-60-days-and-assistant-chief-police-follows

    30 police officers including the Assistant Chief leave in 60 days and our crime rate is the highest ever. The Chief just resigned a few months ago too. Our City is in bad shape thanks to Mayor Chuck Reed.

    1. August 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      Worst Mayors 1. Mayor Emmeual of Chicago, Mayor Landrieu of New Orleans, Mayor Bloomberg of New York, Mayor , Mayor Nutter of Phily, and Mayor Reed of Atlanta. these are a few Mayors that need to be out of office. Rev. Raymond Brown President National Action Now.

  2. Sophia
    May 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Worst mayor is mayor William lantigua of lawrence mass. Right now he’s Missing. Not quite missing, he’s in the Dominican Republic and probably won’t make it back. Just google his name and read about all of the sh*t he’s done.

  3. jean
    June 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    bob filner mayor of San Diego takes the prize of worst us mayor hands down.

    1. renee
      July 27, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Yup have to agree with you in this one right about now

      1. DC
        August 2, 2013 at 9:52 am

        Have to Agree!

  4. Matthew S
    July 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    as a lifelong Baltimorean i often jump at the chance to defend my city against any attacks or criticism from afar. That said its hard to argue that SRB isn’t short sited and incompetent. Also,to hell with the Grand Prix.

    1. Incognito
      July 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      She is the worse. Baltimore needs another mayor. I think she is in office because she can be controlled.

      1. July 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

        Unfortunately, they got rid of our mayor who actually had vision and was doing a good job. I certainly don’t think Rawlings-Blake is the worst mayor in America (the Grand Prix doesn’t make money, but it is a well-attended, successful event that puts Baltimore in the news in a positive light. I wouldn’t have chosen it, but it’s not the debacle that it’s made out to be here), even with her missteps.

      2. Deborah Cooper
        August 2, 2013 at 9:51 am

        I agree she is the worst! The days of good Mayor’s is gone!

      3. Cantfoolme
        January 5, 2014 at 9:26 am

        I agree. Stephanie Rawlings Blake is among the worst ,if not the worst mayors in the country. She is a part of a network that began under now governor Martin O’Malley. O’Malley championed a campaign to run for president by allowing.Flanigan to get practically all of the city asphalt paving contracts ( Get it- Irish connection).Meanwhile they gave the citizens the good impression that newly paved streets meant O’Malley was getting things done. In reality, the Irish made money and the city paid for paving over 75 to 100 year old water and gas pipes. How often do you hear of water main breaks? It seems like there is at least one every week.
        I don’t know for sure, but it seems mighty strange that some hanky-panky has been going on in Baltimore City for quite some time.

      4. LaShondia G
        February 28, 2014 at 8:27 am

        As much as I hate to admit this, she is in office because no one voted! The mayoral election that ‘voted’ her in had the lowest turnout in the history of the city.. THAT is why she is still here

    2. M!
      July 29, 2013 at 8:37 am

      “The Baltimore Marathon is responsible a greater economic impact with almost no inconvenience.”

      Apparently whoever wrote that has never found themselves trapped on the wrong side of that stupid marathon unable to reach their home while a bunch dumbasses from out of town who haven ever heard of a treadmill amble on by at the speed of smell. As much as a farce the grand prix is, at least they hype it enough that you know either stay home or stay away. Marathon day, you leave your home and inexplicably run into makeshift roadblock after makeshift roadblock with no communication from meatheads in uniform as to WHERE you taxpaying residents cross to make it their job or home, whichever they are trying to reach.

      1. July 30, 2013 at 1:53 am

        Simply put, Mayor Blake is not to be blamed for the state of the city. Baltimore, like every major city, has it’s challenges. Population reduction, crime, economic development the loss of family owned businesses, housing…..the challenges and sadness list is long. Also, she inherited the grand prix and would have been torched if she would have ended it because so much money was on the table. Frankly, the race should have never been recruited. DC tried it in the early 2000s and it did not work. The dropped within 3 years. Baltimore should do the same but that’s just me.

        Is far as Mayor Blake being at the top of the list? Well, Baltimore is not Detroit by any stretch.

        1. Deborah Cooper
          August 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

          She is to blame because she could have jumped in and got rid of all the wasteful spending. Instead she jumped in and closed recreation centers, swimming pools, libraries. etc. She purchased an overpriced telephone system(WHY). She is in office because she will take orders from the Governor and whomever else wants to give them to her. How much money did her make over cost the city?
          I really hope people wake up and vote her out next election. I did not vote for her in the first place, I knew the cards would fell just as they did!!!

          1. J
            January 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

            She didn’t close libraries, FYI. She actually funds them well. Check your facts.

        2. DC
          August 2, 2013 at 9:52 am

          At the rate Stephanie Blake is going we will be Detroit in time.

        3. January 5, 2014 at 11:41 pm

          Don’t kid yourself, I have a front row view to the waiting room at shock trauma and there are gang shooting’s once or twice a week.
          It doesn’t make the news as a gang shooting but by the looks of the thugs I see when a thug gets flown in for gunshot wounds, it’s a safe bet to say they are gangbangers. The crime and gangs are right up there with the worst cities in America. And although SRB inherited it, she has done NOTHING to try to fix the situation here. I have seen no improvement AT ALL. And I don’t expect any.

      2. wjm1873221*bsbmd
        July 30, 2013 at 10:33 pm

        the degree of “inconvenience” depends on the ability of the critic to read hear and/or see city wide announcement about the marathon… published for WEEKS prior to the event.

      3. Randy G
        July 31, 2013 at 6:15 pm

        I never cease to be amazed by the City residents who whine about being “trapped” by the Marathon. We have lived in the heart of downtown for 40 years, and the current Marathon route goes past our front door during the first mile, and one block east of us for the later route back to the stadium areas. Each year, we make it a point to be aware of the dates, plan around the minimal traffic inconvenience and enjoy a wonderful event for our City. It’s but part of one day out of a year. I find the inconveniences of the Grand Prix to be much more disruptive to our lives as the work stretches into weeks before and after the event, but a bit of planning again avoids the hassles. We stay aware of the various downtown festivals, parades, Inner Harbor fireworks, etc. for the same reasons. Some of these complaints bring to mind the old adage of “Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine”

        1. sassy
          August 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

          Did you say minor inconvenience. The city was grid locked for hours. The failure to plan was the city’s and the city’s alone. That traffic jam was totally unacceptable. And if you have adjusted to the city’s incompetence that is you some expect more for their tax money that by the way they keep raising and misappropriating, but I do agree with you. The city doesn’t need any more complaints, an audit is what is really needed, then lets see where all that money that wasn’t raised but put out went

          1. Miss MJ
            January 5, 2014 at 3:29 am

            I agree, the city needs an audit. If you take a look at the City’s salaries, you will be amazed. There is no way their books are balanced. There are so many discrepancies on that city, it drove me nuts. And why isn’t the Mayor the top salaried employee?

            Initially, I was all for our Madam Mayor. She seemed to have a a great plan for the city. But, now I see that she is following the lead and direction from the Governor, a former Baltimore City resident. She’s losing credibility….in my opinion.

        2. craig g
          January 5, 2014 at 7:41 am

          Knowing in advance does not help. The few avenues left open are always gridlocked because every driver in the city is using them. You can’t reasonably ask the entire city to stay home for something that isn’t even an emergency. I wish they would get rid of both those events

      4. tbf
        August 3, 2013 at 9:38 am

        I 2nd this EMOTION!!!!!

      5. Sakinah
        January 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

        You made me laugh and I totally agree!

      6. horace
        January 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

        I agree 100%atkeast the race effects just downtown with the marathon that crap takes up the whole city

      7. Joel Marciallo
        January 5, 2014 at 11:39 am

        Yeah man, this. I’m 24, but I remember 12 years ago exactly when I first heard of that god damn marathon. My mom took some classes at a college, she took Saturday classes so she took me along to sit in the classes with her every Saturday and the other days of the week she went after work. My dad worked Monday’s through Saturdays so he couldn’t take her, drop her off, and pick her back up. So we had to take the bus as my mom always did since the subway didn’t have a stop close to the college.

        That day was the first time I heard of that marathon. We couldn’t get anywhere, buses couldn’t do anything, and we got stuck having hop from bus to bus, and each bus stopping before it could get us anywhere. I don’t remember how we got to the school, because I honestly don’t remember if we went or if my mom just said ‘f*** it” because their wasn’t much class left to go to anyway. But there was a nice enough bus driver who managed to give everyone on the bus an all day bus pass to those who didn’t have them.

      8. Theresa
        January 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

        I got caught that way once! It is extremely frustrating.

      9. January 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        Amen to this. For such a major event that is such a major “inconvenience” (small disaster for a traveler) why is it not on evry news/notice/sign for like a month leading up and why on god’s earth do the police not know ANYTHING

    3. Carol
      August 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

      I couldn’t agree more. Right now the bleachers and wire prison fencing is being set up for the Gran Debacle. It’s a joy to try to get a bus. And don’t get me started on the “tree planting” plan.

      And now Otakon, which is a tremendous money maker for the city and a great show for Charn City denizens, as well, is slated to move to D.C. in 2017 because the city’s convention center is too small and no one seems to be able to focus on making it more competitive. Hello!

      1. horace
        January 5, 2014 at 8:55 am

        Thats not true if u couldn’t get a bus in Baltimore something is wrong with u and to say Baltimore has a jack up transit system its obvious that the person who wrote this never rode the bus subway light rail marc train free shuttle circulatory bus what city do u know were u can get around anywere downtown for free u can even catch our transit to DC how is that bad

    4. LaShondia G
      February 28, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Matthew, I agree… I wasn’t fond of her when she was city council president and I absolutely abhor her now!

  5. Yolanda C.
    July 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    With Bob Filner in a sexual harassment scandal, and Rahm Emanuel’s public school-gutting/privatizing self, and the entire City of Detroit declaring bankruptcy, you really think Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the worst big-city mayor in this country? Seriously?

    1. Chris
      July 27, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Yes. Without a doubt.

    2. Deborah Cooper
      August 2, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Simply put YES! She waste tax payers money on things like a $600,00 telephone system….REALLY! She’s the worst hands down!

    3. Chris Tull
      August 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      SRB gets my vote. She is blinded by ambition. Crime is rapant and our schools are abyssmal. . . I mean really abyssmal. Record murder rate this summer, major scandals where school board commissioner was ousted for not having the degrees and background that he represented during the appointment process, test scores were discovered to be falsified to push students through and alledged to be standard practice system wide by those teaching in the system, groups of roving teens senslessly beating people for recreation. . . . and SRB is possing for glamour shots in ball gowns, courting wealthy developers who doubtlessly promise to fund her inevitable congressional or gubenatorial run, and throwing around ideas like bringing an NBA team to town. Hopelessly out of touch; however, Baltimore seems to be a dumied down electorate. Evidently we like mayors who use us as a launching pad for their own political ambitions. By the time the chickens come home to roost our electorate has usually helped them move on to higher political office. It is perpetual and self defeating.

      1. Carol
        August 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

        Thanks for that comment. Absolutely agree. I have a feeling that Sheila Dixon was a little too West Baltimore for the upcoming presidential campaign.

    4. Horace
      January 5, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Hey atleast Baltimore mayor dont smoke crack DC Toronto all the right wingers who voted for President Bush

  6. mayor t
    July 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    The mayor of District Heights He has been caught soliciting MALE prostitutes, he was also fired from being the town manager of Fairmount Heights for not coming to work and just collecting a pay check on top of that he cursed out the town staff and he’s a preacher

    1. renee
      July 27, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Ok and why did u all re-elect this fool?

      1. Chris
        July 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm

        No one re-elected her. The whole election was a sham. She essentially inherited the position.

      2. Mr. Paul
        July 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm

        Oh, I dunno. Does the opposition party try to win an election on the strength of their ideas perhaps?

  7. anne
    July 26, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Yes, Baltimore deserves more. We are suffering over here.

  8. AKE
    July 26, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Baltimore is one big HOT mess. Dixon, Rawylins-Blake… they both SUCK. The crime, the taxes, the ineptitude is unfathomable. It’s truly unfortunate, because, if run correctly, theres a lot going for Baltimore. But until the crime is cleaned up, it will continue to drive hard working people out. The only thing worse in my opinion is Detroit, and it’s cold there.

  9. C Woodard
    July 27, 2013 at 3:39 am

    I agree with many of the comments made here. Like Matt S I would normally defend Baltimore because the city does have alot to offer residents and visitors, but SRB has been completely misguided in her mission. Unfortunately the grand prix isnt the only currupt initiative. The same failed organization that left many commercial real estate projects unfinished and many subcontractors unpaid on projects such as Harbor East is getting support (and more tax dollors) to develop Harbor Point. Also the city towing and impound vendors are currupt. Anyone who has had their car towed can tell you that this. I have my own horrific story about a mixture of incompetence and lack of controls on the part of city police and tow/impound vendors that lead to me being handcuffed at gunpoint for “stealing” my own car.

    1. July 27, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you so much for a well laid out, factual appraisal of this trouble mayor. I’m sure space did not permit, but bad as she is for the listed grievances, she’s actually far worse than that.

      I too have found myself arrested at the impound lot simply for showing up and trying to retrieve my car. This place is a compete mess.

  10. Tracie
    July 27, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Finally, Someone Put It In Print How Horribly Mismanaged Our City Is. Baltimore Has So Much Potential But Under Current Leadership Will Never Reach It. It Is Such A Shame. Martin O’Malley Was A Huge Part Of This Mess And Continues To Be As Governor. When You Write About The Countries Worst Governor I Nominate Him. Keep That In Mind If That Clown RunS For The Office Of President In 2016.

    1. July 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      I always thought the citizens of Baltimore is way too passive and that is why the crooks get away with a lot of bs. We need to step it up and take a stand, or this is going to continue. Thank you Author for publishing the truth finally. This city is full of politicians that we appoint, that make decisions on our lives that stands forever, and they may not have a job next election, but we will suffer from the damage until we get a Mayor or Governor that believe Family is first. A ten year plan has already been created and each official just fall in line and go on with the plan even if its against what they were campaigning. I been lost faith in this city, and I am so sorry I brought a house here, its hell trying to sell.

      1. Dubs
        August 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        Elect a Republican in Bmore City…and that’s coming from a Democrat.

    2. August 3, 2013 at 9:42 am

      I 2nd that emotion!!!!

      1. tbf
        August 3, 2013 at 10:07 am

        I 2nd that emotion!!!!

  11. July 27, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Every link in this article pertaining to the Grand Prix’s “failure” is from 2011. Hint – some things have changed since then. Not being a marathon runner, or drug dealer, it is nice to have a Baltimore-based event that appeals to my interests. SRB stinks but not because of the GP. There are two reasons people flee Baltimore- crime and taxes.

    1. T Nelson
      July 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      i agree for the most part but the Grand Prix has cost the city more than it has made

  12. July 27, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Like the other guy said- Baltimoreans don’t usually take outside criticism well but when it comes to SRB the more finger pointing and shaming the better.

    I’m not even going to get started on the myriad non BGP problems SRB poses, I’m just going to say that this year I’ll be fleeing my own city for Nashville during Labor Day weekend.

    But at least she’s not Bob Filner.

  13. geliioannou@gmail.com
    July 27, 2013 at 10:54 am

    This article basically takes the position that mayors who have fully committed to progressive ideas that are in the process of failing are good. Mayors who continue to cling to progressive ideas of the past 3 decades are bad. Mayors who financially and morally bankrupted major urban cities with liberal ideas of the 60′s and 70′s are somehow exempted from scrutiny.

  14. July 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

    A more recent example of SRB’s claim to Worst Mayor… Last weekend, 10-15 African-American teens jumped a Latino kitchen worker leaving for the night in Little Italy. The attack was caught on-tape, shown on the news, covered in the Sun and was the talk of much of Baltimore. A few days later, after a ribbon cutting ceremony, a reporter asked SRB about the video. SRB’s response was that she hadn’t seen it. Either a lie or a leader with her head in the sand. But to her credit, she is just following in the illustrious footsteps of Dixon and MOM (Martin O’Malley).

  15. July 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Gary Brown , Mayor of Salem Missouri is the all time worst of any public official I’ve ever encountered . He can’t keep his straight . He seems to hate children and dogs . He has been trying to kill an innocent yellow lab named Phineas . He appointed himself the examiner and dog bite specialist in a case where the real veterinary specialist was going to say that Phineas isn’t viscous . He himself gave the order to euthanize Phineas , court actions have kept him alive going into his second year of incarceration. Phineas was found being kept caged in the dark basement of the local firehouse by the Mayor , Prosecuter and FIre Chief . WHen they discovered that his supporters knew his whereabouts they moved him to a pump house under the city water tower . State Agriculture Dept had to force them bring him out of hiding . The support group has obtained certified forensic reports that Phineas could not have bit the child , but the city of Salem Missouri says they dont care . They seem to have a lot of personal agenda down there . They insist on killing this dog . Inside Edition and much local and regional media attention has put them in the spotlight but they dont budge . When asked about his actions the Mayor defers back to a childhood dog bite , his story changes often . Please review http://www.savephineas.com for the full story on Phineas . Also Save Phineas on Facebook has between 165,000+ supporters . The pressure from the support group only seems to make this small town government more determined to kill Phineas . They Governor and other state agencies don’t seem to have a mechanism to intervene in 4th class city issues . This is about a lot more than a animal cruelty and rights , this is about all of our rights as free people . While the group has managed reasonable exposure , they can’t seem to find the right assistance to put a stop to this cruel madness . Associated Press circulated the issue recently , other main stream media is watching … the citizens of the town and the alderman and other locals seem to be afraid of the Mayor and his questionable manner of doing business . He lies constantly , he gets mad at the drop of a hat . All documents , forensics reports , court fillings , images and timeline are online for review . The group and the issue needs more support , there doesn’t seem to be anything that can be done to stop the Mayor from killing Phineas . He is currently writing an ordinance that will outlaw owning hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, misce and snakes as pets . This is the all time worst Mayor in history .

    1. Valerie Powell
      July 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      I have been watching this from England, at first just because of Phineas, but now I am also very interested in how someone who seems to be so inadequate got to be a mayor in the first place. There are some shady sounding goings on! Our politics aren’t perfect over here but I am having trouble understanding why he is still in office.

      1. sassy
        August 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

        Oh you understand and you said it well

    2. James
      July 29, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Save Phineas, are you kidding me? Your mayor is the worst because of a dog? How long do you wait for an ambulance, a fire truck, a police officer? Baltimore is on the same path as Detroit.

      1. DreamBig
        July 30, 2013 at 1:58 am

        Baltimore will be like Detroit after the slot parlor opens. I will give it 10 years and the city and all of it’s poor people will be bankrupt.

        1. DC
          August 2, 2013 at 9:56 am

          Yep!

  16. T Nelson
    July 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Being born and raised in Baltimore I agree 100% SRB is the reason I moved out of the city and into the county

    1. DC
      August 2, 2013 at 9:57 am

      I most recently moved back to the City after years of living in Baltimore County. Guess what I am planning to move back to Baltimore County! I hate the City and SRB is a waste of time! VOTE HER OUT!

  17. July 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I live next to two stadiums, the marathon and numerous events, including the Grand Prix. I love everything about the baseball, football and marathon activities. The Grand Prix, er Grand Prison, on the other hand, is the bane of my existence, and this lady just won’t give it up. Business owners actually lose money, employees can’t get to work, the entrance to our neighborhood is closed, public transportation is shut down around us, and I am driven out of town every year. To top it off, it loses money. But that’s nothing compared to the policy of ignoring any areas that are not surrounding the harbor. So while the harbor area seems to be thriving, the rest of the city is dying and people are leaving as fast as the y can. It’s all part of the political machine in Maryland. It’s so sad that we have many great cultural institutions, higher education, scientific advancements, sports teams, etc. but the government is completely oblivious to the common people of this city.

  18. KP
    July 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I am often blown away by people who think SRB is doing a good job as mayor. I have lived in several different cities and have never been as disgusted by the poor leadership as I have been in the 2.5 years I’ve lived in Baltimore. The woman is a publicity hound in bed with major developers. None of her actions during the time I have lived here have made me believe she cares about what is best for the city and residents. I enjoy living here but unless the city gets better leadership I can’t say I will be a permanent resident.

  19. MB
    July 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    What are the citizens of our cities doing to help? Cities need funds for out of school time activities for children and young people, but the affluent feel over-taxed, and so the effort by city officials to woo corporate funds by development favoring corporate interests, or “exciting” car races, or whatever- How about metro-taxing and funding so suburbs and cities tax and spend together?

  20. lizz
    July 27, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    SRB is horrible. It’s like a bad dream. Sadly, most of the population doesn’t get it. She did inherit the crime –but nothing is being done about it under her administration. One murder after another. Bad as ever. Charm city –hardly.

    There is also a huge problem of animal abuse in the city. A group was formed to raise awareness called Show Your Soft Side. Wonderful organization that has recruited some local athletes etc to get the word out. SRB is now claiming that Baltimore owns this program. Trying to take credit for it–when she or admin had nothing to do with it. I believe it’s going to court. So, not only is she inept–but she is a opportunist and a liar. Well, I guess that describes most politicians.

  21. Joe Shelby
    July 27, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Cronisym and stupid logics vs “Stop and Frisk”? She may be an idiot giving gifts to her best friends (well, those that call her that for now, given the gifts involved), but at least she’s not an authoritarian bent on telling the city (especially its minorities) that the Constitution itself means nothing to them. Between stop-and-frisk and the many ways in which Bloomberg has his hands in everybody’s day-to-day lifestyle choices of what food they can eat (or how much), where they can park their car, whether or not they even have a place to do their business? A mayor who ignores the people is at least better than one that decides freedom is an empty platitude.

  22. July 27, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Part of the job of a mayor is that they should be looking to improve the city for which they preside over, not impoverish it. Unfortunately, Baltimore, Maryland (ahem, excuse me Bodymore, Murderland) has had precious little of that guidance over the years. Our crime and homicide rates are through the roof, we have people that are middle aged and illiterate, and our health is horrible. Stephanie Rawlings Blake has taken little to no initiative to do anything to bring a sense of community to this city. Whether it’s the issues I mentioned previously or even issues regarding trash, drug addiction, you name it. If SRB were a proud upstanding mayor, stuff like these issues and more would be addressed. But unfortunately she is not. If actions speak louder then words, then Stephanie Rawlings Blake could pass as a mime. Having been born and raised in Baltimore, I have had the privilege of seeing the best and worst of what is to be offered. I now no longer want to even associate myself with being from Baltimore. It comes as a mark of shame to me.

  23. Joseph Azar
    July 28, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Keep a watch on Steve Benjamin in Columbia, SC. The morning after his election, he broadsided an elderly lady about 6am, making her an invalid for the rest of her life. No breathalyzer or blood test was administered, even though it was known he was out drinking until 2am or later. He has rammed through questionable projects, one over a holiday week when most are out of town. He continues to spend money that the city does not have, and avoids talk about the billion $ plus infrastructure needs of the city, none of which are on the books. Eventually, Columbia will have to raise taxes and fees astronomically to meet infrastructure, pension and operating costs, all the while gentrifying the city with his projects and running fixed income and low income people either into debt or out of the city. His true goals are to be in higher offices somewhere, so he is using Columbia as a stepping stone with showcase projects to make himself look good, leaving a bankrupt city for those who follow him into office.

  24. Big Rex
    July 28, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Worst mayor? Not even…she happens to be a part of the worst national economy. What about Detroit? We’re talking about the first major city to go bankrupt. What about DC that always has a mayor scandal. And why is a Boston site so hooked on bashing Baltimore? I’m thinking the Ravens beating the patriots or the Orioles constantly beating on the red sux…write about something of interest. The mayor is alright. Nobody is complaining when all those canton and fed hill clubs are packed and the police are out there making sure those precious residents don’t get hurt. Let’s see if this writer can write up a budget for a major city (or even a website) and stick to it. Things happen when you have 600,000+ different personalities working against the common goal…

  25. July 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Silly to pick out one mayor. Bloomberg shows what it takes – management skills, a great team and deep pockets. Why do people think that a politician can or should manage a city? Baltimore’s mayor comes from an old political family. She learned from old time politicians. Truth is you can’t wear high heels today. You have to wear running shoes. The old ways don’t work. Bottom up promotion works. Top down is a waste of money and waiting for politicians to solve problems while they ride around in limos and go to meetings doesn’t get the job done. Don’t just rock the vote, rock the boat.

  26. Laura in Baltimore
    July 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    If SRB doesn’t win this, then there is no justice in the world.

    1. DC
      August 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Well said! She has to be the winner!

  27. Charles
    July 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    You almost seem more concerned about the cars than the drug violence. Wonder why some people think militant cyclists have their priorities skewed…

    Whether she is succeeding is another story, but SRB has stated that one of her main goals is to bring residents back to the city as well as spend on expensive public transit (the red line). Population density is a prerequisite of successful public transit. The liberal ideas of “public transit at all costs” is one that has bankrupted cities in the past.

  28. Chad B.
    July 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Charlie Hales, Mayor- Portland Oregon.

  29. Jarod
    July 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I’m a former employee of Baltimore city and we have a leader ship full of ex-cons, drunks and drug abusers. These are the people who are in charge of road projects and other developments that don’t get finish because of the lack of vision and no understanding of the projects. This department is transportation not to mentioned misappropriated funds from speeding and red light cameras that are all over the city. In fact roads just got fix for the grand Pre but other roads that needed the attention that was right next to them went untouched.. Yes Ms. Blake is the worst mayor of our city’s time

  30. July 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    She also endorsed the Baltimore Development Corporation’s corrupt handover of the world-famous Senator Theatre to a sitting member of the city’s CHAP commission, after the previous administration had illegally taken it from the family that built it and had operated it, in award-winning fashion for 71 years. She supported that project in spite of being warned that there were violations of federal law involved. The beautiful art deco theatre, which had never closed in 71 years, until the City took it over in 2010, has sinced languished for 3 years under the new owners, who have kept it closed for over 18 months, with no definite date for reopening. http://herownwrite.com/tagged/The-Senator-Theatre

  31. July 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I live in Baltimore, and am an avid supporter of the Grand Prix. I am thankful that SRB supports this event. I’m fascinated that my lil big city hosts an open-wheel racing event. We don’t have NBA or NHL participation, and this fills that void for me. It’s a great compliment to the 130+ year old Preakness Stakes, and to our O’s and Superbowl Champion Ravens.

    How Detroit’s mayor is not at the top of this list, after bankrupting the entire city (obviously not one person’s fault), proves how much of a fraud this story was to begin with…

    1. mj0037
      July 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      I’ve been wondering if there’s been any movement in Baltimore toward hockey, basketball or soccer. It would help raise the cities profile. I think Baltimore may need to go into receivership to get onto the right track. It certainly helped DC.

  32. Bill R.
    July 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    You didn’t do your fact checking — that’s irresponsible journalism. BRD has paid everything that it owed the City for the first race. And then you go on to state that the new organization is “made up almost entirely of the same clowns who botched it up the first time.” That’s a bit of a stretch, can you name names? I can’t come with anyone working with Race On that was involved with BRD.

  33. Buford
    July 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    SRB is absolutely the worst. Cronyism all around. Brought in elderly residents to vote for her in the primary by promising hot coffee if they would vote for her; none of these people had any idea who she was or what she stood for, other than “oh, that young girl.” All other Dems who ran against her have been blackballed by her administration. Worst, worst, worst!

  34. Burga
    July 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Mayor Stephanie R. Blake is a true piece of shit but she’s not alone. Most of our government officals including the suckas at our nations capital have let us all down with the neglect and outright incompatence. I’m from west Baltimore and I endorse this message

    Peace folkz

  35. Joe
    July 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    As a Marylander, I know this is so spot-on.
    Somehow you missed the most egregious example of SRB’s priorities. While surrounded by failing schools and disappearing jobs, she made sure to make the time to officiate at the wedding of two sleazeball lobbyists she enables to loot the taxpayers of her city on behalf of their crooked clients:
    http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2013/05/24/mayor-officiates-at-lobbyists-wedding-in-las-vegas/

  36. Doug
    July 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    You guys have missed the more important points about our mayor. Some mayors concern themselves with jobs and development, but ours is out garnering support for speed cameras that were so inaccurate that the entire program has been shut down and which is suspected to be in violation of State law. Many of them claim to be “near” schools which happen to be a mile away and many face outward to nab unwary suburbanites who might think of trespassing in her city. Then there’s the proposed “rain tax” and the parking meters that increase prices by a factor of 4 from quarters to dollars overnight…what more do I need to say? But, lest you think she’s all bad, she does look good in her tight dresses in Vegas or at a free vacation at the beach. It’s a matter of getting tough. If the city survives this dolt, it will be a tougher and better place.

  37. Robin
    July 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Nope, can’t think of anyone worse than SRB!!! She wins, hands down…you go girl!!!!

  38. Jeff
    July 29, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I have been a resident of the city since 1996 and I have committed to raising my kids here because of the good things that the city is offering me. We have a k-8 school public that competes with the best in State. I am blessed to live in a walkable vibrant community with people who are also truly invested in making Baltimore better. Since SRB has been elected the population has stopped declining for the 1st time in decades. We have worked with the state to get $10B in funding over the next 10 years to reposition our schools, including closing schools no longer needed. This is an ocean liner that needs to turn around and it’s needed that since the 1950’s when this was an industrial powerhouse and that takes a long time. SRB has taken some very positive steps towards making the City more attractive to families and I commend her 10,000 new family goal.
    The failure of the grand prix is hardly enough to show that she is failing as mayor. And I am still shocked and amazed as to how much complaining goes on by our residents when it comes to town. Embrace the spectacle, even if you don’t like racing, which I don’t. Bring your kids down to the events and fun programs set up. Get out of our car for a change and walk or bike around town. I live in Federal Hill and have to get to work in downtown and it’s painless on bike during the event. SRB invested a ton of capital in so many ways to get this thing up and running, there is no way she or any leader can back out now and I commend her and the leadership for seeing this through to try to make this a success.
    In the end, no single leader can make a city great; it has to be done by the people and businesses that live there. I am one of them and I stand shoulder to shoulder with my neighbors, and politicians, to stay committed to making this the best place in the world to live.

    1. Dubs
      August 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Haha, you clearly are one of the cronies involved with her. Nice try.

  39. M Riesner
    July 29, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Central MD has had an economic boom over the past several years, however Baltimore has not. The mayor has done little to bring business or confidence and she is quick to state that Baltimore is some sort of victim of circumstance. She concentrates on having car races and conventions instead of dealing with the underlying issues of crime, being regionally uncompetitive with taxes and fees, and allowing every small community organization to fight every permit and stick their hands out for a hand out by anyone who wants to create a development in her city. I know because I live and work in Baltimore.

  40. Chuckles
    July 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

    “That’s our vote. What do you think? ” Well since you asked.. I think you have no idea what your talking about. SRB is Ok. So you hate the Grand Prix,? OK. This is a poorly done blog – amateur journalism and it wont age well. I would stick to things you are really passionate about like Campagnolo bike parts.

  41. Robert Matthews
    July 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Baltimore has a reputation for electing bad mayors. Think Kurt Schmoke.

  42. Tom Jones
    July 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Don’t forget that under this mayor, the Edgar Allan Poe House Museum was closed. CLOSED. This in a city whose team is named The Ravens. http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/category/news-opinions/special-reports/edgar-allan-poe-special-reports

  43. July 29, 2013 at 10:54 am

    As a Baltimore City teacher I have to drive to the main offices to deliver any necessary papers, getting a receipt as evidence. We can’t trust the BCPS to receive or process our paperwork via intraoffice mail because they lose everything. In order to get to the offices on North Ave, I drive past block after block of abandoned rowhouses, plywood in the doorways, windows shattered, trash-strewn sidewalks, teddy bears and plastic flowers tied to stops signs to memorialize teenage shooting victims. I always think how embarrassed I’d be if I were mayor of this city — a simple half-hour tour of the inner neighborhoods would reveal this view to be common in terms of residential blocks. The condition of many areas in the city are like this — not to mention the condition of many city schools — all school drinking fountains district wide are shut down due to lead in the pipes. Unreliable water coolers don’t do the trick when it’s in the 80s in the fall and spring. Rats, mice, and cockroaches freeload in lockers and cabinets. And my students are educated on the importance of stepping over hypodermic needles on their way to school instead of ON them. Peeling back the layers of mismanagement, cronyism, ignorance, short sightedness, and basic lack of concern in Baltimore’s government is almost too much to take on.

    1. Chuckles
      July 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

      So lets pretend YOU get elected mayor of a city, and its YOUR turn to manage a city that that has been on the decline since say , 1963. You need to make the abandoned row houses, crime, inertia, it all go away within what, 6 months? No , Ok we will give you a year… is that more fair.? Just break out the magic wand and make it all become Aspen Colorado , like right now. I don’t think you guys are being fair to the mayor, shes a hella lot better than the last one, who *was* a semi corrupt insider. The mayor is one person.

    2. tbf
      August 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

      I wonder if Jeff, of Federal Hill, has ever taken that tour. Most complainers have resided in this city all their lives; and we still can’t walk around our neighborhoods in complete safety!

  44. Sonny Crockett
    July 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Yeah progressive ideas are so wonderful. Look at Bloomberg’s Big Gulp and salt bans. How about the Chicago leftist machine and their ridiculous gun control while endless murders and shootings continue. SRB is a joke but the last thing any city needs is more dumbass symbolic liberal ideas.

  45. K
    July 29, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is scandelous, petty and not what Baltimore (or any city) needs. She has not focused on the real issues plagueing Baltimore such as failing educational system, ridiculous TAXES, crime, the elderly, high unemployment, abandoned houses, TAXES, part-time animal control, CRIME, CRIME, and did I mention excessive crime. Just last week I went to the closing ceremony for her Read to Succeed Summer Program…when she took the stage…she only wanted to know if the kids could do the “wobble”??? O_o Shameful….many of the children are no better off then they were before the program which I sure it was expensive consider it had a multiple directors and coordinators. Although she and the new school CEO where smiling and very proud of themselves…..How does the CEO of a poorly performing school discrict make more than the governor of the state? The Grand Prix is a grand FAILURE. She is hard to beat for this well deserving title.
    My family is looking to move to another state soon!!!!

  46. James
    July 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    A few corrections first, Dixon was allowed by a judge brought out of retirement to plead guilty to a lesser charge after being found guilty, and Blake is spending millions on non-public public parks and recs buildings, a mansion in Druid Hill and a bath house in Carroll Park for examples.
    The true way Rawlings-Blake wins hands down is her allotting 107 million for a vacant lot in a present/future gated community instead of replacing two fire companies she closed last year. Note, Shmoke closed the most fire stations, O’Malley second, Rawlings-Blake third closing companies only while trying to shutter Edmondson Village fire station. Wait till there is a Monday high-rise fire or a mass casualty incident like a MARC train crash. I hope Baltimore has a good lawyer(s)/insurance.
    Finally, which other mayor requires 6 deputy mayors, has a free Circulator bus line, defies federal immigration laws, spends money without evidence of a monetary benefit (the 2012 Grand Prix, etc.), purposely causes a city owned hotel (Hilton) to lose 11 million by supporting Harbor East, raises water rates while continuing to divert public works funds, and endangers the residents she is supposed to be working for. On a positive note, if Rawlings-Blake can get enough federally entitled illegals to move to Baltimore she might reach her 10,000 goal since they were the reason, per the Baltimore Sun, that Baltimore’s population didn’t drop on the last census. They can ride the free circulator to the nearest hospital or police station, right?

  47. Slater
    July 29, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    If you are going to criticise Baltimore for the Grand Prix then you also need to criticise it for the awful Artscape. It blocks up major arteries into an out of town for almost a full week leaving commuters in some of the worst traffic during the hottest week of the year. Every year they close more streets and the whole neighborhood stinks like puke for a month afterwards. These events epitomize Baltimore. They love to throw a party, don’t care who gets hurt or screwed along the way and leave nastiness in its wake.

    Also if you want to look historically I think O’Malley was a lot worse of a mayor. He is responsible for the nightmare fiasco drain on the city that is the Camden Yards Hilton which destroyed the beautiful sight line of the stadium and costs the city millions a year in debt.

  48. Sobo Hon
    July 30, 2013 at 4:30 am

    You have nailed it on the head. I have been a Baltimore City resident since 1975 & have seen some real characters as Mayor. Most have been corrupt one way or another, but SRB absolutely takes the cake. Schaefer was beloved by many in spite of his “shadow government”, because at heart, he loved Baltimore. Even Sheila Dixon with her bad behavior as City Council President, was a mayor who seemed to have corrected her ways with the citizens in mind. Once elected to that position, at least she did appoint a terrific police commissioner in Fred Bealefeld. He managed to reduce violent crime. Rawlings-Blake then made his job impossible enough to force him into retirement after 21 years of service. Now homocides are back up. The Grand Prix is only one more example of SRB’s ineptitude, in spite of the citizenry objections. One only has to look at their water bill for another. Oh hell, I could go on, but I’ve got a life to live. She has one mission, personal gain on the backs of the few remaining residents that foot the bill. She is the WORST.

  49. annica2
    July 30, 2013 at 4:59 am

    She’s not the worst because there are some who get away with those things fifty times over: Rahm Emanuel for example.

  50. Chuckles
    July 30, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Im getting the hell out of Baltimore because its almost getting as bad as Boston .. an influx of craft brew drinking ahole hipster cyclists. Im headin for the hills and bringing the remaining lawnmowers that havent been stolen with me. Also I miss my aunt Millies Rhubarb pie and Baltimore residents dont even know what Rhubarb is… : (

    1. tbf
      August 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Chuckles, Jeff (of Federal Hill) and you “Don’t know Baltimore”!!!
      Both appear to have limited experience with the entire city and culture.
      I’ve lived here my entire life. SRB is only concerned with feathering her nest and I’m planning and exit ; just like you!

  51. BMORE4EVER
    July 30, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I have lived in several places throughout the country and now I’m in Baltimore. I enjoy this city – sure problems exists (as in any urban center); but the good outweighs the bad.

    My favorite mayor was Sheila Dixon. She demonstrated a certain passion and drive for Baltimore that SRB doesn’t appear to have. I have nothing against SRB, but the “just do it now” attitude that Dixon, MOM and Schaefer had is missing from her skill set.

    Unfortunately, most message boards and blogs are used to tear down instead of building up. It’s easy to always complain about what’s wrong, but how about we come up with solutions for improvement?

  52. scott@exit7a.com
    July 30, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Trenton’s Mayor Tony Mack and his administration is by far the worst in the US He is currently indicted for accepting bribes, using a convicted sex offender as his bag man. The alleged Maoyoral bag man is also accused of selling Oxycotin to kids. The Mayors brother is serving time for using city employees and equipment for private sewer repair jobs, and our deputy mayor was arrested in possession of 72 bags of heroin that he bought in the ghetto just two blocks from City hall, after punching the clock at work. He assaulted two cops while being arrested. He doesn’t even attend city council meetings or have a staff capable of running the City government properly. We lost 100 cops due to budget issues, our violent crime rate is now in the top 5 highest in the nation…over 150 shootings and near 30 murders in six months per 80,000 people/7 square miles.

  53. RK
    August 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Livability is not defined by “density, walkability, and strong public transit”.

  54. B'more Fair
    August 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    SRB is the worst Mayor and I have to add that the Baltimore City Council is the worst city council in America. They are against auditing every Baltimore City dept. every two years, and they watered down legislation to make auditing only occur to a few dept.s every four years when they introduced it to Baltimore citizens to take it to a vote. Every boondoggle that has been pushed by Baltimore’s last three mayors, including SRB, has been aimed at tourism at the expense of the tax payers of Baltimore. If they would focus on the city’s ills like drugs, crime, trash in the streets/sidewalks, poor education, and increase opportunities for it’s residents more people would want to live here. She continues the closing of schools, recreation centers, and fire dept.s, the incompetent water dept. (where an outside entity was hired to come in and fix the dept.) and more. I live in a row house and the annual city tax is $4000 per year! We moved here partially because of my wifes medical condition, to be closer to Johns Hopkins hospital. I truly believe Baltimore is a great city in and of itself, but it has the most corrupt mayor and city government, and is headed for bankruptcy like Detroit!

  55. Claire Ackerman
    August 2, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I’ve been in Baltimore for 25 year after moving here from the Midwest. SRB is an inept mayor. But we’ve had many and the system is corrupt. She’s a product of the system. I wish our system was different but I don’t see that happening. No one wants to get truly involved here as you can’t break into the established system.

  56. tbf
    August 3, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I 2nd that emotion!!!!

  57. Hez
    August 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    To be so quiet on the killings of police brutality; maintaining the awfulness of ‘ Two Cities” economically in Baltimore e.g. vacant housing etc.

    The people in Baltimore just feel that Ms. Stephanie …just does not care .

  58. just me
    August 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    just saying,first Bmore is not a city just a large town, i’ ve been to many citys many times it is what it is, compare for your self.the inner harbor is Bmore town. Its not the mayors fault blame it on the people who let it continuously happen in all the citys in all of government.Just because they are elected it doesn’t make them good,they are just citizens trying to find there way. Get rid of mayor and the city council and replace with business minded city people with the citizens interest equal to big business tricky but can be done. P. S. save B town from a failed local government.

  59. Eeinna The Education Advocate
    August 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Being new to Maryland, and choosing Baltimore City, to live…I am blown away! So many people of color in a position of power to make change, but instead…they collectively work hand in hand to build social elevation, and personal wealth through looking the other way. Education is a serious issue here, and to see a Senator be the so called “founder” of a new concept Charter school where children are not only being boldly denied a competitive age appropriate education…but they were being robbed of their hard earned grades! A principal who allows chaos to reign to satisfy his desire to visit with the little girls who he sees as his friends. A Senator, who is so ignorant that she became angry at the parents of a well behaved academically successful child addressing the serious serious issues at HER SCHOOL! The radio hosts at a HBCU who controls EVERYONE does not believe that the lack of equal education and facilities in Bmore ARE RELATED TO RACE!! What? But folks agree and shuffle and nod because they want to “get something” from him. The Mayor is connected to the Senator who is connected to the Congressman, who is connected to the President of the U.S! Yet education is being sold down the tubes, and NO ONE CARES!!! Crime is going to spiral out of control until EDUCATION IS NOT JUST ADDRESSED…BUT RECTIFIED!! The Mayor is typical as is the Senators, Councilman etc. Everyone wants a piece of the pie and the cannot get it fighting for change or standing for something. That is all. Baltimore is owned by Slave Master mentalities, and the politicians are the “Cruel house negros.” I cannot for the life of me understand why Blacks in power would sit by and allow THE CHILDREN…to be denied. The lie about the city being filled with poverty…all working people are leaving??? I see BLACK working people everyday! Homeowners, and hardworking people who’s only crime is the desire to live amongst their own. Poor schools, a formula for poor education, dirty streets, no real shopping stores in the hood. Few black owned businesses…I def do not think Stephanie Blake is the worst in the U.S, but she def does not give a damn! Chicago Emmanuel is the absolute most demonic! He should be imprisoned.

  60. Ron
    January 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Sheila was alot of things…. but she loved Baltimore through and through. That SRB… Could care less!

  61. Heather S
    January 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    we’re leaving maryland altogether…

    1. suzy armacost
      March 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      I left Maryland altogether, too. I should have gone farther north, but I am out of that crack hole!

  62. Karen
    January 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I hightail it out of town for the Grand Prix every year and I don’t know anyone living in Baltimore who doesn’t do the same. I laughed when I read how the event creates huge inconveniences in travel a month leading up to the race….. try MONTHS. It brings NO money into the city…. even if it did I’m sure SRB wouldn’t put it towards anything the city actually needs. Baltimore deserves better.

  63. A
    January 4, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Baltimore Co. is not any better…just better at hiding theirs…The Co. Exe. thinks he is a movie star and instead giving the county workers a cost of living, he votes for himself to get a raise. SRB is just so dis attached from the real city ppl as well as the needs for the city. City Hall needs to be cleared out and start anew. Prob maybe no better, well at least it will be new bull shit.

  64. Bmore Free
    January 5, 2014 at 7:36 am

    A few years ago, a woman named April Garrett held community forums to create a vision for the city that encouraged the people of Baltimore to be the change agents. It was called Amplify Baltimore and I was present for the first two forums that presented the city’s top brass, activists and social entrepreneurs before an eager audience of a cross section of Baltimore residents committed to working together to make changes. It was decidedly non-political and focused squarely on the issues and empowering the people of Baltimore by educating them on the issues and suggesting several ways they could use their talents to make our city better. From the start of the effort I was amazed by the quality and diversity of people April was able to pull together for those sessions and her ability to keep us focused on identifying issues and solutions and stopping people on the stage and in the audience who sought to take over the space with political grand standing. But then the conversations stopped. There was talk that the effort lacked the support and funding it needed to continue though if you looked on the back of her programs for each session, everybody and their mother claimed to be a named supporter of the effort. I heard that Amplify Baltimore became a show on the Mayor’s network for a while which bothered me because I had hoped that April was above the political play she seemed so good at managing when she led these sessions. And then the show ended and I have no idea what happened to her. For someone who was such a visible force for positive change in the city I thought it was odd that she was all of a sudden silent. It is thought that she was another victim of SRB’s small-minded political beefs. It’s a shame. This city is known for running good people like April away and being proud of it. And for all of the people who ask why do we keep re-electing Stephanie, you need to know that there is hardly a leader to speak of in Baltimore who has enough money or connections with developers, downtown business interests and the Maryland and DC political hierarchy to launch an effective campaign against her. And that is a shame because Stephanie and all of the people around her are really bad for Baltimore. I’m afraid this article has only scratched the surface of her incompetence and small-mindedness. Unfortunately, in this country when it comes to leaders in her generation, she is not alone. No vision whatsoever and always ready to jump in a picture and smile while closing recreation centers and the streets are crumbling and stained with the blood of the people she was elected to serve. A disgrace.

  65. BrandyWine
    January 5, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. I also miss the days of two trash days a week. Now trash piles up, where as I’m taking out about 4 trash bags every Wednesday when back then I used to take about about 1 or two bags of trash on each trash day back when there were 2. Even worse are the neighbors who put a bag out a day or so.

    And as said, Baltimore is a slum of urban planning and development. Never seen a city so backwards, boring, and unappealing AND I HAVEN’T BEEN MUCH ANYWHERE ELSE! The roads are trash, the urban planning is just terrible. I mean, come the hell on. No one in this city can drive, and I’m not sure if it’s because the streets are terrible or if everyone in this city are just crap drivers. But I will tell you one thing, those streets up their on Liberty Heights, where Mondawmin mall, that 7-11 and Target are situated, you better cross yourself and pray to god that you’ll be able to cross that without some moron on their phone or looking out into space, or for some reason down(the hell are they looking down for?) and won’t take their eyes off of whatever distraction before they decide to see the green light and pull off.

  66. Tom
    January 5, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Rawlings-Blake is a worthless piece of shit, but that is what Baltimore deserves. It is one of the shadiest cities I have ever seen in my life and the voters are stupid and uninformed. They only vote for the puppet political regimes which are pushed by the corrupt powers that be in the city. The only way to fix Bawmore is an enema, flush all the shit into the Chesapeake and start fresh.

  67. Soyokel
    January 5, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I have loved Baltimore forever. I moved to the “country” because i wanted to live here, not to escape the city. BUT, after living 35 years in Bawlmer, I can say with certainty that I would leave Baltimore anyway after the last 10 years. It’s not the crime – you can avoid most of that if you know your way around and pay attention. It’s not even the taxes – I’d gladly pay them if the services provided were commensurate. 311 is a joke, 911 is not much better. Once a week trash collection is fine; if you’re recycling you shouldn’t need any more. But could they pick it up without destroying my metal trash can or leaving trash all over the street? And don’t even get me started on the zoning and permitting bullshit. The sewer project that shut down 2 blocks of 33rd street, including mine, for FOUR MONTHS (they told us 2 weeks) was my last straw. The Grand Prix and the Remington Walmart project provided the final push. The only regret I have is not being able to vote in the city anymore, but one can only take so much.

  68. January 6, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Can’t argue with this choice. The city council don’t even like her. Promise tax cuts but instead raised property tax, got new water meters that raised prices an average of $200 in tough times like these then turned around an brought 6 video phones down city hall for 1.3 million dollars. Half of the city is sold to out of town investors that build get tax breaks and claim bankruptcy and get stiffed all the time. They just built a juvenile jail less than 5yrs ago an wanted to build a new juvenile in 2013 but the city council put their foot down on that idea. Baltimore is heading no were fast in a hurry and they (the politicians) don’t care because their pockets are good.

  69. Karin
    January 6, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    We moved to Baltimore full of hope in 2002 to a beautiful neighborhood on the cusp of turning around. We invested in the city, opened small businesses, joined the neighborhood association and felt really good about our decision…until O’Malley abandoned us for Annapolis fame and Dixon stepped up.

    Relatively quickly our quality of life began to suffer, in small measures at first. Garbage pickup was reduced to once a week – not a big deal of our personal trash, but imagine what Patterson Park looks like after a busy week with probably fewer than 20 trashcans and only one pickup. Litter accumulated in our tree pits, pesky crimes of opportunity began. I lost track of the number of wreaths, pumpkins, flowers were stolen from the outside of our home.

    Dixon exits after stealing gift cards meant for the poor and we get SRB. And all hell broke loose. Truly, within one calendar year the up-front, person-on-person crime in Patterson Park exploded. Women were scared to use their phones in the park, I stopped running with my phone, my friends and I started calling our husbands to watch us park half a block away and make sure we got inside safely. We had two huge drunk driving accidents occur; one of which ended with a car in my tree pit and totaled our neighbor’s car. Did the police take these seriously? No. Both next door neighbors – woman in their 30s – were the victims of violent crime. One was beaten with a gun while she was being mugged of her groceries and purse; the other fought off a home invasion TWICE in one night while waiting for 911 to send an officer. The penultimate crime was a murder across the street from our home 5 days before Christmas – a young Salvadorian was shot to death for less than $5.

    We got the hell out of Baltimore in summer of 2013. You may wonder where we went – the county is the usual answer. Nope, we moved all the way to Los Angeles where we now live in a truly vibrant downtown which offers real walkability (unlike Baltimore’s walkability which ended when you hit the first bad neighborhood between you and where you wanted to be), extremely low crime, and a mayor who is not SRB!

  70. scott miller
    February 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    The Mayor of Trenton NJ must be the worst, check out this timeline of corruption and incompetence

    http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/02/timeline_of_trenton_mayor_tony_macks_time_in_office.html

    Even after his conviction on 7 February, he remained in office for 19 days until he was removed by a Judge.

  71. Suzy Armacost
    March 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Bill de Blasio of NY city. He wants to get rid of the horse and carriages that are part of the history of the city.

  72. April 15, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake has taken funding for after care programs for Baltimore City Youth, closed librabries and recreation centers and raised the fees for summer camps from the $300 range to $450 range from one yeer to the next. Where are the kids supposed to go in the summer. The city streets are dangerous but with the prices of camp, what are the parents to do with the kids for the summer? How are single moms supposed to make it in the city. We need Sheila Dixon back!!!!!! Stepanie is not in it for the communit, she is in ot for herself.

  73. Ann
    April 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Maybe, the question should have read…who are the worst, most lax, most apathatic voters/citizens to continaully elect the same ole garbage from either politicial gang!! It is a crime to call them a ‘party’.

    Neither party is serving us…you and me folks…so as bright as many of us are, why can’t we come up with someone else to run; an independent perhaps….someone who knows who in the hyll they work for…versus the other way around?

    I’m listening? We might as well be in a form of servitude. All we do is pay taxes and get screwed over!

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