No 'Camden Yards'
Editor: Did I miss something? I keep reading about "Camden Yards" in connection with the new ball park, but for the life of me, I can't remember ever hearing that section of town referred to as "Camden Yards."
Where did that name come from? It has no meaning.
Camden Station is an historical site. I remember leaving there for the Navy in 1942, but what has that to do with baseball?
I say call the new stadium "Oriole Park" and quit trying to rewrite history.
Editor: I applaud the efforts to streamline the Maryland Port Administration.
Without question, the Port of Baltimore is an economic asset. There are those who write to The Sun and say that the port ''is capable of generating $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion in business every year.'' Perhaps this is an accurate assessment -- or perhaps it reflects thinking that is now out of touch with the practical reality of today's global marketplace. Meanwhile, the Port of Norfolk is proving its capabilities.
Those who would criticize the efforts of competent managers trying to stop an economic hemorrhage by brushing them off as ''bean-counters'' may be out of touch with the needs of Maryland's transportation infrastructure. Those who see the big picture realize that now is the time for all good managers to come to the aid of our transportation network.
Deregulation and sound management practices have helped the trucking industry to thrive. Maryland's highway system must be preserved and maintained to support this industry that annually generates millions in both inter- and intrastate commerce. New road construction is terribly expensive. We still need to complete numerous highway projects.
Highway commuter traffic is reduced because the state operates buses and a growing subway system. We must also continue to support the expansion of the light rail line which will connect Baltimore County with Anne Arundel County. This line will give many urban dwellers the opportunity to take advantage of job opportunities in the suburbs.
The MARC rail line has never been more popular and dependable. Commuters are clamoring for more rail service. The Baltimore-Washington International Airport is successful and must continue to promote and expand its passenger and air freight operations.
It's time for responsible managers to preserve and protect the transportation network. There are a limited amount of dollars in the transportation trust fund. Perhaps now is the time to support other modes of transportation that are pulling their own freight.
Frank B. Fulton Jr.
Inner City: Alive and Well
Editor: As a six-year resident of the Union Square area, I have failed to notice the stampede to the suburbs implied by your Sept. 18 article, ''Out of Choices: Urban pioneers abandon inner cities.''
My wife, three-year-old son and I, along with our neighbors, greatly enjoy our 3,000-5,000-square-foot row houses built in the mid-1800s, our view of Union Square park, easy access to downtown and our sense of being a neighborhood. We have welcomed many new residents of all cultural and ethnic groups to our area over the past several years who are attracted to the housing values and advantages of city living.
Sure, there's crime. But there's crime in the suburbs, too. (The first and only time my house was broken into was when I lived in Bethesda).
Sure, the city can be noisy, dirty and unpleasant at times. It can also be vibrant, festive and full of life.
There were no helicopters flying overhead in Bethesda, but neither were there any ethnic festivals, fireworks over the harbor on the 4th of July, 19th century architecture or any sense of being a neighborhood. I hardly knew who my neighbors were in Bethesda; here we help each other with rehab projects, watch each other's children and carry on that age-old Baltimore tradition, stoop sitting on hot summer nights.
Are the schools in Baltimore bad? Look at Steuart Hill Elementary, across the street from my house, which has a gifted and talented program for kindergarten through second grade, 60 computers and a low teacher-to-student ratio. It compares favorably to many private schools in the city.
Yes, we ''urban pioneers'' pay high taxes for few services from the city and much could be done by our forward-looking City Council and by our highly educated mayor to improve the schools, reduce crime and be more responsive to taxpayers' needs. We need a little imagination and a lot of hard work from our elected and appointed officials to help this city realize its potential. But in the meantime, please tell the sociologists and other ''experts'' that the inner city is alive and well and living in Union Square.
The writer is president of the Union Square Association.