In the discussion of the downtown crime problem by Del. Pat McDonough and The Sun's Dan Rodricks, there is an important missing link ("Sailabration brings out the mobs," June 19). When the link is considered, one can see that they are both right! They are discussing two different areas.
Delegate McDonough is talking about downtown Baltimore and Mr. Rodricks is talking about the Inner Harbor. As someone who has lived in the central business district for the past six years, there is only one reason that I'm there — namely, the harbor. In the discussion of crime in the downtown, it is important to understand that the areas north of Pratt Street should not be lumped together with the harbor. The magnificent harborwalk, Harborplace Pavilions, the many stores, restaurants and bars, Pier 6 and the concert pavilion give the waterfront a life of its own. There is no significant crime problem along the section of the waterfront that stretches from Harborplace to Fells Point. The only problem that I am aware of along this stretch is the panhandling. The downtown is a different story, however.