The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Baltimore:
Summer fun undone

Aug 25, 2003

Baltimore's parks were no place for fun this summer. Thanks to cutbacks, there were only 45 maintenance employees left in the city's Department of Recreation and Parks to look after more than 6,000 acres. By the time the grass can be cut, the kids will be back in school.

During the 1980s and 90s, hundreds of city workers were laid off from this department. Some 200 others were transferred to do needed maintenance work for the Department of Public Works.

The city of Baltimore still finds money to award millions of dollars in PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes) to real estate developers. Why can't the politicians find money for citizens to enjoy the parks? Because they gave it all to private capital!