Red Line route makes no sense [Letter]

July 30, 2014

As a 15-year resident of Baltimore City, I am still astonished by the idea of the Red Line being developed as it is designed ("Forward thinking on the Red Line," July 28). The idea of the Red Line is to bring access from the west and east wings to the downtown area. As a resident of the Fells Point-Canton area, I do not know one resident who feels this is a good idea or desirable for our community.

North Avenue is basically a ghost town with more boarded up blocks of homes than anywhere else in the city. A drive up Washington Avenue or North Broadway will expose a desert of abandoned homes, failed businesses, burned out blocks and littered gutters. Why would the city not develop that area with the Red Line and increase circulation with the free circulator buses in a 20-block area around downtown and the Inner Harbor? Not only are Boston Street, Fleet Street, Aliceanna Street and Eastern Avenue already a nightmare in the morning and afternoon with traffic leaving from the city to catch Interstate 95 North and to avoid the tunnels, but the addition of the Canton Crossing shopping center has increased traffic as well.

I want to see real concrete numbers of community approval for this! Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is already short her $250 million share of the project and may have to consider raising property taxes that are already high — almost double that of the second highest subdivision in Maryland. Why not run the Red Line above Patterson Park? Across North Avenue? Down Patterson Park Avenue and then along Baltimore Street? It would drop you right off at Hopkins Bayview. This is ridiculous!

Steven Cahoon, Baltimore

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