Dundalk needs more than a new marketing plan [Letter]

June 12, 2014

Having lived in Dundalk for 44 of my 50 years, I have experienced the true nature of what Dundalk used to be: The "good" neighborhood with the "bad" reputation ("A new brand for Dundalk," June 10).

It was a place where hardworking blue-collar families took pride in their neighborhood, where yards, alleys, roads and sidewalks were well taken care of by residents and where neighborhood children respected what belonged to others.

That was when Dundalk was a diamond in the rough, when the neighborhood needed to spark growth in by capitalizing on its location and its affordable housing stock.

Instead, our politicians and local government offered incentives and tax breaks to purchase homes and develop multi-unit rental housing instead of the cozy row homes that were a staple in our communities. With this came crime, pollution, a lack of retail services and shopping and a decline in the schools.

The loss of the North Point Government Center and our local methadone clinics demonstrate that our politicians and business leaders are not interested in our community values.

Though there has been some positive changes in Dundalk over the years, I have witnessed the negative transformations brought on by greed, neglect and opportunism.

I am grateful for the life I have experienced here, but I am far from optimistic that the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, our local government or our politicians can bring back our "Mayberry" like community by simply marketing our waterfront. It will require a multidisciplinary team willing to take an innovative approach, develop a comprehensive plan and commit to implementing that plan in a timely fashion to address the grass roots problems that plague our beloved Dundalk.

Patricia Warble, Dundalk

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