Peter DuVall's column regarding Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's policy goal of increasing the population of the city is well done ("Grow city's population, but don't stop there," Nov. 28). It gently chastises the mayor for lacking detail. He is right . But the simplicity of the mayor's goal does not make it wrong.
I have written several times about the value of establishing the goal of increasing the population of the city. As the column correctly points out, the city has lost population in the last 50-plus years. In fact, the population in the1950's was nearly 1 million. It is now 620,000. The policy up until now was if we could only decrease crime and improve education, population would increase. There have been many well thought out and laudable policies trying to decrease crime and improve education. They have all had minimal success. Yet the crime increased and education declined and the population fell. I have for years suggested turning this equation upside down. That is, increase the population and the crime will decrease and education will improve.