Teen rises in support of renewal proposal

A young voice in an old neighborhood in Baltimore County

September 05, 2001|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF

A sixteen-year-old resident is expressing her support for a revitalization plan in eastern Baltimore County.

Rachel Wright is one of a few people who have written to the county government about the facelift planned for her hometown.

The ambitious proposal could transform a major portion of the area with new housing, parks and a tourist destination at the headwaters of the Middle River. A significant part of the proposed east-side project is the demolition of hundreds of dilapidated, low-income housing apartments that were havens for drug dealing and other crimes.

Wright attended a recent community meeting on the issue and came away thinking that "a lot of these older people are just thinking about themselves. They are afraid of change. ... "

Robert Kemmery, principal of Eastern Technical High School, which Wright attends, said she is articulate, an honor student and is not afraid about taking a position on something about which she feels strongly.

Wright, who lives with her parents, two sisters and brother in Hawthorne, a community in Middle River, said she appreciates the history of the area, its blue-collar reputation with a strong work ethic. But that's the past.

She said she hopes residents will look to the future of the area and also support renewal.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.