Of stadiums and slumlords

Earlier this month, Hagerstown made some big back-to-back headlines. First came the release of a consultant report that — surprise! — supported a long-favored downtown location for a publicly financed baseball stadium. The next day, a city council member equated Jonathan Street “slumlords” to rapists, drawing rebukes from other council members, but only for using language that went too far. I write this not to chastise Councilman Austin Heffernan, who made the comparison, nor his colleagues who, despite criticizing his specific words, shared his frustration over, to quote Councilwoman Emily Keller, “the destruction that some people have done to our community by trying to make money.” (Herald-Mail)

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