Cylburn ArboretumCity Council Bill 429, scheduled for...


September 14, 1993

Cylburn Arboretum

City Council Bill 429, scheduled for second reader next Monday, threatens severe injury to Cylburn Arboretum.

The bill would allow Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse to build Cylburn Hills, a development of 102 houses on 18.7 acres between Cylburn Arboretum and Cold Spring New Town. Some of the houses would be only 10.5 feet from the Cylburn Arboretum property line.

Consequences to the arboretum from construction of this development include noise pollution, light pollution, pesticide runoff, destruction of wildlife habitat and irreparable damage to trees.

The Housing and Community Development agency intends to sell this precious green space, the former site of the Callow Hill recreation facilities, for approximately $600,000 -- which, at most, is half the parcel's value.

HCD plans to sweeten the transaction with $1.4 million for the developer's use in infrastructure construction. These financial arrangements may come to a vote at tomorrow's meeting of the Board of Estimates.

A side agreement to the bill under consideration is unfair to the school children of the Fifth Councilmanic District.

A special school redistricting is proposed to allow Cylburn Hills children to attend Mount Washington public schools. Children who live in Cold Spring New Town and directly across from Green Spring Avenue from Cylburn Hills would continue to be districted for less challenging schools: Edgecombe Circle Elementary, Pimlico Elementary, and Green Spring Middle School.

Readers opposed to the environmental degradation of Cylburn Arboretum, fire-sale pricing of scarce city green space, poor use of city bond funds and educational inequity inherent in City Council Bill 429 need to contact their representatives on the City Council and on the Board of Estimates without delay.

Julie Smith


For Mullen

The comments expressed by Ronald J. Mullen (letter, Aug. 21) were certainly eye opening. Not knowing the previous police commissioner, one would have thought after reading the articles in The Baltimore Sun that he was a disappointment and that change was needed to correct the situation.

Ron Mullen was quick to point out that this was not so and that this dedicated police officer did what he could to correct the many situations thrust upon his department. It was refreshing to clear the air and have this officer walk with the dignity of his accomplishments and his efforts.

I think every police officer in Baltimore City should read every word of that letter. It is a tribute not only to Police Commissioner Edward V. Woods but also to Ron Mullen himself who showed the depth of his perception and begs the question why he is not in the running for the position of police commissioner. His solid behind-the-scenes support for many of the previous police commissioners is well known by many of us.

If Mayor Kurt Schmoke intends to run for governor, he needs to provide to Marylanders a feeling that the best person for the position is what counts.

Raymond D. Bahr


Barclay School

I am writing in response to "Turning the tide in Charles Village" (Aug. 22).

The caption under the photograph of my family accompanying the article stated that we had recently moved to the Charles Village neighborhood from New York.

As a family with three small children we surely took condition of the local schools into account before buying a home in the area.

We chose to live in Charles Village for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is possible for a child in this neighborhood to attend "the school around the corner" and receive an excellent education.

The Barclay School's devoted teachers and administrators have a long tradition of providing the best possible education to the children of this community.

A cadre of parents (some of whose children graduated from Barclay a decade or more ago) also works hard to ensure the best for the children of this neighborhood. Barclay also offers several unique academic programs, including the Barclay-Calvert program.

Our oldest daughter is a second-grader at Barclay.

We feel that the experiences she is having at a multicultural, inner-city school are an invaluable adjunct to the school's excellent academic program.

I wish all parents in the Barclay neighborhood would make an appointment to visit the school, meet with the principal and staff and visit some classrooms. They will be impressed by the quality of the education available at this neighborhood school.

Deborah Kohl Garbart


Cable TV and Retransmission Rights

Many of your readers have expressed concern to us about a part of the new cable TV law known as retransmission.

I would like to take this opportunity to make clear the position of Comcast Cable, in that there is a lot of confusion as well as misinformation among the general public.

Now, for the first time, local networks have the right to attempt to gain payment from their local cable operator for carrying their signals.

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