Author Archives: Matthew Loftus

What West Baltimore Needs

Local leadership plus outside capital might stop the next riot.

Building the Virtuous Neighborhood

Insulting the deindustrialized working class won’t help them. Living in community with them might.

Why Bernie Sanders Shouldn’t Call Baltimore ‘Third World’

Mere pity ignores what an urban neighborhood is accomplishing—and still needs.

Let Sandtown Speak for Itself

Outsiders celebrating Baltimore’s riots or tut-tutting its mores are ignoring longstanding local efforts at comprehensive change.

The Policing Baltimore Needs

Listen to the community leaders in Sandtown, not the talking heads on CNN.

How Casinos Corrupt Cities

Baltimore gambles on dens of crony capitalism instead of community-centric economic development.