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April 23, 1993

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Waterfront park for Allied site

With the proposed development of the AlliedSignal Inc. site now under consideration, a rare opportunity exists for the development of a grand waterfront park upon a portion of what is clearly the most prominent waterfront site along the northwest branch of the Patapsco.

The November, 1988, Baltimore waterfront study called for by Mayor Kurt Schmoke, commissioned by the city and performed by Notter Feingold and Alexander, Inc., urged that the entire 18-acre Allied site as well as adjacent property west of Caroline Street be developed as parkland.

The mayor and the surrounding communities supported that concept. And while the economics of stabilizing the site may preclude development of the entire site as a waterfront park, its prominent setting on a peninsula across the water from Federal Hill presents an unusual opportunity to develop a grand park, accessible and inviting to all.

Such a park could form the dramatic foreground and setting for a relocated Morris Mechanic Theatre as well as for private development on the rest of the property.

Unfortunately, Allied's response to the call for public open space relies primarily on the development of a waterfront promenade to be built between the proposed marina and retail/commercial uses adjacent to the water.

How unfortunate and what a lost opportunity when you consider the benefits offered to both the city and the developer by the development of a bona fide park, similar in size to the Canton Waterfront Park and more akin (though not in scale) to the park at Fort McHenry than to the paved park of Harborplace.

Such a park could serve Baltimore's citizens of all ages, from children taking their first steps to elderly citizens relaxing in their lawn chairs while enjoying a sunset on a summer evening.

Such a park could form the last and only missing unit in the chain of waterfront parks leading to Harborplace which includes Fort McHenry, the Canton Waterfront Park, and Federal Hill.

In addition to its physical prominence, the site is rich in history which could give real identity to any park developed on the site.

During the late 18th century, the site evolved into one of this country's greatest shipbuilding centers. In the early 19th century, one of the great black figures in American history, Frederick Douglass, caulked ships and lived as a slave on the site.

By dedicating a large portion of the site to parkland, while preserving essential elements of the commercial development plan, AlliedSignal would make an enormous and lasting contribution to the city and its citizens. If not planned now, the opportunity will be lost forever.

Arnold Capute

Baltimore

Fashion critic

We would like to respond to Robert Erlandson's commentary, "Skirting the issue," in The Evening Sun April 13.

We work with Joe Boudreau, the subject of this commentary, who wore a skirt to work one day. Contrary to the motives ascribed to Mr. Boudreau by Mr. Erlandson, Joe was not seeking publicity. He was just having fun. The publicity was generated gratis by Mr. Erlandson's employer, The Baltimore Sun.

We, however, would like to hazard some guesses about the nature behind Mr. Erlandson's article. Judging from his comments, something about this skirt issue was quite threatening.

Obviously Mr. Erlandson has a serious attachment to the traditional kilt (worn by "real men"), but this does not give him the right to pontificate on when and how they should be worn.

There was so much anger in his article we can only urge him to relax, to loosen up that undoubtedly conservative tie and be secure in the fact that no one will question his masculinity when he dons his kilt.

We only hope that next time he finds something a little more worthwhile to write about.

Susan Laugen

William Zvarick

Baltimore

Drug fighters

I am writing to express my opinion on the recent Baltimore City grand jury report regarding the drug enforcement actions of the Baltimore City Police Department and the Baltimore City state's attorney's office. I believe that the report is biased and based on inaccurate and uncorroborated information.

The report is inaccurate in that it states that the Baltimore City Police Department does not target the "upper echelon" of drug dealers inside Baltimore City.

It is a known fact that there have been numerous successful investigations targeting upper level drug dealers conducted by the Baltimore City Police Department. The reason that the state courts did not hear these cases is that they were prosecuted on the federal level. The federal court system prescribes much stiffer penalties for drug dealers and eliminates the chance for parole.

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