Final Thoughts On The “Baltimore City, You’re Breaking My Heart,” Piece From Last Week

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Recently, Tracey Halvorsen published an article expressing her dissatisfaction with the current state of Baltimore. While I won’t delve into my own opinions about the piece, there have already been enough responses to it. If you want to read some of those, you can check out the links below.

  • Whose Heart is Baltimore Breaking, Really?
  • Baltimore City, Stop Your Bitching

In my opinion, if you don’t like something, you should either take action to change it or remove yourself from the situation. Ms. Halvorsen chose to do neither and became a polarizing figure. While some view her as a hero, others see her as a clown.

I received a comment from a reader over the weekend stating that these types of conversations are necessary for change to happen. While I agree that conversations are important, I don’t believe that Ms. Halvorsen’s article was a constructive conversation starter. Rather, it was just a rant about life in Baltimore, which, in my opinion, is a pretty good place to live.

When I first moved to Baltimore, I didn’t plan on staying beyond a few years. During that time, I experienced a few negatives, such as my car being broken into and a nearby barbershop being robbed. However, I didn’t dwell on those events. Instead, I focused on the many positive aspects of the city, such as its affordability, proximity to great sports arenas, bars, restaurants, and other cities, as well as the availability of social clubs for young professionals.

In short, if we run away every time something doesn’t go our way, we’ll never be happy. It’s important to focus on the positives and take action to improve the negatives.

P.S. The front picture on Ms. Halvorsen’s blog post is not a good representation of Baltimore. There are plenty of other images available that showcase the city’s beauty.

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