As U.S. citizens, we have grown so comfortable with air conditioning that we tend to forget about its benefits. We take for granted in the brutally hot and humid months that the automobile we drive, the place we call home, the grocery store, our work places, all have air conditioning.
I cannot imagine how stiflingly unbearable it would be to live in a non-air-conditioned row house in Baltimore City during a hot spell (like the one we are currently muddling through). The residents seek so-called relief in the streets.
One theory about the recent rise in deaths is this: When the youth of Baltimore are forced on to the streets due to the heat, and their favorite recreation center is now closed, it sadly and unfortunately enhances the youths' penchant for finding trouble and breaking the law.