You pay taxes right? The terrible violence has a ripple effect that goes way beyond the corner. It obviously takes a toll on the tax base, as it drives decent people out, (if they can escape) while folks like yourself (and every other taxpayer in the state) takes up the slack.
I don't know where in Baltimore you live, but my guess is that you're financially able to insulate yourself from the carnage, neighborhood wise, if in 60 years you have never seen or heard anything.
In your 60 years, a conservative estimate of 200 killed a year means about 12,000 people have been killed in your time here. To compartmentalize that would require several large containers.
And of course, being Mexico's relief valve, we are also affected by those killings in Juarez.
You and I are at an age where we will not see the end results, but it should be very interesting for our grandkids and their children..
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