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The following entries are archived from then to the beginning of this site, with the exception of several dozen lost by a web server glitch.

Thank you to the many who took the time to offer their comments, words of encouragement and criticisms.


99

01/25/2005-07:10


Sgt. Wimmer [Email]

Bryan,
On January 19, 2005 at 0500 hours we executed search and seizure warrants on eight locations inside the Pedestal Gardens Complex.

1. 1717 Madison Apt. 204
2. 1717 Madison Apt. 202
3. 1717 Madison Apt. 302
4. 1512 Eutaw Pl. Apt. A-3
5. 1512 Eutaw Pl. Apt. 104
6. 1521 Madison Apt. 202
7. 1516 Eutaw Pl. Apt A-2
8. 323 McMechen St. Apt. 103

We arrested numerous individuals and seized a significant amount of crack cocaine and marihuana. Also, because of these raids we identified numerous individuals that do not belong at these locations. Special Agent Dan Harding of the Inspector Generals Office was provided a list of all these names and is currently working dilegently to get these individuals removed permentantly. I hope these efforts have made some difference in this community, we have certianly been putting in alot of hard work.We have also identified several targeted individuals and are in the process of writing arrest warrants for these key dealers which should be picked up very shortly. I pray our efforts can be seen and felt.



98


01/25/2005-06:20

matt [Email]

give it a few weeks those cameras will be busted


97

01/20/2005-13:01

Ken [Email]

Bryan,
Your thorough and critical work on these issues are tremendous. You are doing what none of us have been willing to do. Thanks again - you are handling this "game" in the critical manner that is required


96

01/10/2005-11:30

BEAR

ALL I HAVE TO SAY TO THE PERSONS THAT THIS SITE BELONGS TO, IS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING THAT NOONE ELSE HAS THE BALL'S TO DO. AND IF ALL THEY CAN DO IS BITCH, MONE AND GRONE, THEN LET THEM GO LIVE IN ANOTHER CITY. A CITY THAT HAS NO DRUG'S, OR THE NEED FOR THEM. ( IF IT EXSIST ).........BUT SOME HOW I DON'T THINK IT DOSE.


95

12/31/2004-16:01

Gail [Email] [Homepage]

I've been reading your blog for a couple of years. I grew up near the area that you write about. Your commentary is always right on the money. Thanks for keeping me up to date on how my old hood is doing. Have a Happy and Safe New Year!!!


94

12/27/2004-11:05

Jack [Email]

To that unknown officer if you are not motivated than you shouldn't be a police officer. You can't worry about management you have to go out and do your job. If you don't do your job than things will get out of control then your job will really be difficult. Pedestal Gardens is out of control. I never see any security or special police. The drug dealers are doing what they want because the security and special police are weak. They should hire city police to work overtime. The city police are the real police.



93

12/25/2004-07:04

Unknown Officer [Email]

Also what makes this job even harder is that there is no support from PG Management, or from the company. My question is how can you do this job effectively with out any support, or backing. We all try to do our best but what incentives or motivation do we have, all we meet is "RESISTANCE".


92

12/25/2004-06:57

Unknown Officer

It is hard working at PG apartments,no matter what course of action you take against the Drug Dealers, lets be realistic no matter what you do you cant not stop the drug problem just move it along, and of course you also have to thank the Criminal Justice System because all the dealers get are a slap on the wrist and there back on the corners, plus there is a lot more to it then just "ARRESTING" them you need to establish probable cause and make sure that your case is air tight so that when they go to court they get the maximum sentance



91

12/11/2004-02:28

Kenneth [Email]

Where is the security????? man it is ashame that you see this and the security dont. FOOT PATROL FOOT PATROL what happen to old fashion FOOT PATROL.

At this point several dozen entries were deleted during a web server glitch.



90

02/19/2003-16:35

Jeffrey

We've been watching this site for a short while now, after reading the City Paper article. And after reading the last post, and being an engaged couple waiting for an acceptance on an offer on a house downtown near Patterson Park, we felt we had to respond. What Bryan is doing is beyond commendable. I have a friend who is a former city police officer, and this was his district. I've been on a ride along with him, on foot in this area, watching the open market. Watching the kids on bikes yelling "five-o!! five-o!!" everytime a cop car rolls by, then giving the all clear signal so the selling can begin again. I must also admit that I'm against the "drug war" and against imprisoning people simply because they feel the need to destroy their bodies. That's their choice. However, assault, both verbal and physical, are not drug offenses.

This is not about black and white. This is about taking back a city from those who have decided they have a right to threaten, assault and even kill those who get in their way. What color they are doesn't matter.

And if morning thinks because I'm white, I can walk anywhere, anytime day or night, and not be molested, why don't we take a walk down North Ave at 1 a.m. and see who gets robbed first


89

02/19/2003-13:04

Russell

Russellsplace@juno.com

As I return to the safety of my home I wonder if I'm the only one that notices these things. 02/18/03 and 02/19/03 I have walked the Franklin Square area of our city trying to beg, borrow or rent some type of snow remover or blower. But as I walked these streets I noticed during the accumulated five hours outdoors of these two past days how free and open the drug market is. Very alive and visible and going on right now.

These transactions have been pushed literally out into the streets. And I don‚t mean the back streets but the cleared main arteries of the city such as W. Saratoga, N Baltimore, N Monroe, the Edmonson Ave. corridor, etc.

But the one thing I noticed that struck me most odd...or maybe not so uncommon is that I did not see one, no not one marked police druiser or for that matter unmarked police car. Makes me go. Hummmm.


88

02/19/2003-11:38

Derek

hazardjohnny@hotmail.com

http://www.johnnyhazard.com

Hey there Bryan,

I sent you an email awhile back and keep checking up on the situation daily. Without getting into too much discussion regarding 'Morning's comments or anything else, I did notice that you seem to be having problems with links opening in new windows.

All you have to do is add target="_blank" within the <a href > tag.

And as always, keep up the good fight, Bryan. You represent something good about community.

Derek


87

02/19/2003-08:58

sarge

sgtkluver@yahoo.com

I JUST READ THE SUN PAPER ARTICLE ON THE DAWSONS 911 AND 311 CALLS.
PROVES WHAT I HAVE SAID ALL ALONG WHILE PATROLLING THIS AREA FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS;
ORGANIZED DRUG GANGS ARE ORGANIZED CELLS OF DOMESTIC TERRORISTS.
THEY INFILTRATE & ENCAMP(OFTEN ESTABLSHING FORTRESSES OR STRONGHOLDS) LOCAL COMMUNITIES, TERRORIZE COMMUNITIY MEMBERS, PREY UPON AND POISON WEAK WILLED PERSONS WITH THEIR DRUGS, AMBUSH & ATTACK THEIR OPPONENTS(POLICE, PROACTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS OR OTHER DRUG GANGS), DISRUPT THE COMMUNITIES RIGHT TO TRANQUILITY, INJURE & EVEN KILL INNOCENT PERSONS THROUGH THEIR BLATANT DISREGARD FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS, THEY DESTROY PROPERTY, THEY DEPRECIATE PROPERTY VALUES, THEY EVADE TAXES AND HAVE NO ACCOUNTABILITY FOR BEING PRODUCTIVE MEMEBERS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY.
THEY SHOULD BE PROSECUTED UNDER FEDERAL LAWS AND TREATED AS THE TERRORISTS. AFTERALL, UNDER FEDERAL LAW THEY ACTUALLY ARE DOMESTIC TERRORISTS.
<br>OUR STATE PROSECUTORS SHOULD BEGIN A CAMPAIGN OF PURSUING THESE GANGS AS TERRORIST CELLS OPERATING TO UNDERMINE AMERICAN SOCIETY.
UPON CONVICTION THESE OFFENDERS COULD BE TREATED IN LIKE MANNER TO THE TERRORISTS CURRENTLY BEING HELD BY THE U.S. MILITARY; SHIP THEM OFF TO A FOREIGN NATION WHICH HAS SHOWN AN APTITUDE FOR PROPERLY HOUSING AND CORRECTING TERRORISTS.

SARGE


86

02/18/2003-18:50

Rochelle

chelle@cyberchelle.com

http://www.cyberchelle.com

First let me say that I commend Bryan for this site and all his efforts. I intentionally am bypassing the racial card being dealt that is detracting attention from the real problem of drugs. I do not live in Baltimore, but am fascinated by the city and this site has become a daily read. I have created a survey, to get to know Baltimore
http://www.urbanbond.com/Baltimore.asp and constantly get the same answers. The city's greatest problems are the corruption, drugs and crime. I have never lived in a big city and frankly don't know the ins and outs. My point in posting is to get an understanding as to how drugs and crime can be so rampant and authorities not do something. Is there a common group that lobby‚s for the city to do something besides more drug programs? I guess I don't understand why a site like this isn't receiving public acclaim and support. I truly admire you and wish you the best. Final question... Is there anything that someone that is too afraid to live in Baltimore City can do to help your efforts?


85

02/18/2003-13:53

Patriotism

sgtkluver@yahoo.com

True Patriotism is displayed every day by the many law abiding citizens residing at the 1700 blk. of Madison Avenue, regardless of race, gender, nationality or personal lifestyle orientation. As a law enforcement supervisor. I applaud every effort made by these citizens to better their right to live in tranquility, despite the encrouchment of the local organized drug gang which daily engages in various acts of domestic terrorism. I know of many times that black members of this community have taken action to better this neighborhood. They may not have shouted as loudly as Bryan, or they may not have shouted to the right people. Bryan is a homeowner, who found the resources to build a police sub-station, which benefits this entire community. I patrol this area regularly, and appreciate being able to take a lonch break within earshot of any of this communities fine citizens-in need of help. Building a sub-station was not an option for renters, but it definitely should not be viewed as shadowing the previous efforts to better the block by any of the community members. Members of this community should learn a few things to better serve one another;
<br>positive actions serve the entire community, tolerate your differences, embrace honor and righteousness, abide by the law, respect your true neighbors(not gang members), and recognize that every positive action made by community members and law enforcement is an asset to this community. Accept the challenge, become a true community Patriot.


84

02/18/2003-12:23

Jimmy

Jimvogt@cavtel.net

http://www.geocities.com/dependable_bailbonds/night_vision.html

Wow its not a black thing or a whit thing. Its a drug thing drugs dont know face or race or sex it knows how to addict the body and put the addict in a bad situation.


83

02/18/2003-12:10

Truth

mrrotten@bangedup.com

Well that's nice that you have had white people over for dinner. But to say
that Brian is riding off of what happen to the Dawson's is a joke. Brian has
had that substation and his website way b4 the incidents with the Dawson's.
No offense but how many white people do you see standing on the corners
selling drugs to there own kind? My best friend is black and he even says
the same thing, you never have to worry about a race war because the black
community will kill itself bye selling drugs to its own people. We all bleed
red its not what's on the outside its what's on the inside. Heart, blood,
and soul.


82

02/18/2003-10:34

bryan|bryan@rebuildingmadison.info

http://rebuildingmadison.info

Riding? Hardly. I'm simply trying to remind people, so as not to let them forget. And I've often repeated in my journal that they and hundreds of other people, of all colors, are not unique in this city, merely extreme and tragic examples of what can happen.

You're right about white people being treated differently here, though. I've also said often that because we're white, we make a less attractive target. Probably that's what's kept us from a fate like the Dawson's. That and determination and defenses.

Goulish? No. I simply don't see enough people trying to keep the memory of what happened to the Dawson's alive. Black or white. We're failing miserably. What more horrible lesson do we need to learn? And why are our leaders, black and white, not still concerned. The photo ops are over and our leaders are no where to be found ... again.


81

02/18/2003-10:14

morning

mnsunday@yaho.com

what happened to the Dawsons will never happen to you, the Black drug dealers will never kill a white person, even a five year old child knows if you mess with whites in the community you be hunted, get found guilty and receive the death penalty, you can walk any where any time of night or daytime and be unmolested. Your piggybacking on what happened to the Dawsons, calling yourself a urban pioneer, is a racist way of looking at our city and its residents, the struggles in our neighborhoods, from your liberal viewpoint,you are taking the city back from whom, the African Americans who live, work, go to church and, yes die here? What makes what you are doing so different from the hundreds of thousands of my neighbors ? Yes,you live next door to a crack house, but you have a police substation in your home,the support you are receiving would not be given to an urban pioneer of color, i believe you are receiving this supportas a johnny come lately because you are white, nothing wrong with white some of my best freinds are white, I have even had some to dinner in my home, I respect you and your efforts, however, this is goulish, your riding the Dawson family tragedy in this way.

80

02/12/2003-20:24

Anne

annehe@aol.com

http://annecentral.blogspot.com

I'm a recent transplant from Los Angeles, and I've been reading your site for awhile now, and have linked it from my Homepage. I'm a Bolton Hiller who applauds what you are doing. I came to the Eutaw prostitution meeting (that I heard about through your site) a couple of months ago to just be a body, but did not speak.

Your recent post about the woman who is also documenting drug activity near her house via a Web site spurred this thought. Perhaps there should be a web ring of Baltimorians who are doing this. A real life version of "The Corner" or "The Wire." In a way, to show strength and embarrass the government bodies who refuse to take this personally, as you have shown us just how personal it is. Your Web site illustrates the drug and crime problem under a microscope, and makes it personal for those of us who do not see it on a daily basis. It also exposes how lackluster the city is in responding. THAT should also be exposed.

I've experienced your emotions with you, of frustration, elation, and despair just by reading. I can't imagine what it is to battle this on a daily basis.

Thanks for fighting the good fight.

Anne

79

Mary Ellen

methsculpta@earthlink.net

Please keep up the good work, this city would crumble if it weren't for folks like you! I have been reading your log regularly and have passed it on to family and friends from around the country. Poverty and drugs can only be defeated if it happens thoughout this country. I work with emotionally ill children and adolescents. While they are from many areas of the city and state, many live in the conditions you describe, and dodge bullets on a regular basis. Many also live within this awful drug culture here in Baltimore. Thank you and please don't stop, they need people like you.

I know Anne and her blog is great too. You should know however that she lives in the neighborhood of Patterson Place, a small community with the more affluent Butcher's Hill living along side it. Much like you describe in other parts of your journal, Madison with Bolton Hill just around the corner.

Anne

schmedgar@yahoo.com

http://pattersonplaceinc.org

I wondered about your experience with other city services. I have been extremely frustrated with 311, through no fault of the operators, they are as po;ite as can be, but when sanitation tells me that it will be a miniumum of 21 days before illegally dumped bilk trash can be removed and houseing tells me they can't board two burned out (former drug houses) because they have a stack of over 7000 work orders pending, it's hard to have a lot of faith.
<br>I am also keeping an online journal of my nieghborhood's struggle (I've sent the address to you, anyone else can e-mail me for the info). It's important to remember that any neighborhood or block can be taken over by dealers and users in a matter on months, no one is safe and we all have to work together.

Thanks again for your work!


78|02/05/2003-10:44

kathy | kfcallis@aol.com

I have been reading about you for a while now (Sun and CP), and just wanted to applaud your courage and determination. There are alot of people who care about what you are doing, so don't give up! I sent donations through your paypal feature and will encourage friends to do the same...


77|02/05/2003-06:44

Kevin

Please install a drug activity webcam. Through it, your story will travel outside Baltimore to places where our drug culture is not tolerable. When you reach a national audience with your story, immediate decisive actions by the Mayor's office will follow. The Greatest City in America desperately needs legitimacy when it comes to reducing crime and drugs. Don't forget, the Mayor's political ambitions may reach beyond the state as well.

As Baltimoreans, we need to BELIEVE that one street can be taken back. This is a put-up or shut-up situation for the Mayor's office and their BELIEVE campaign.


76|02/04/2003-13:09

Bryan | bryandevaney@yahoo.com

I wanted to thank you guys and everyone else who has invested their money, time, and energy into this city. Though it was tragic to lose such brave citizens as the Dawson family, their legacy shines brightly in the work Baltimoreans such as you do everyday.

I must admit that when I read your journal entries, I find my emotions running wild. One minute I feel anger thinking of the heartless punks who prey on your neighborhood. Then I feel resentment toward the middle management of the police department...their utter disdain perpetuates the problem. I feel rage toward that piece of filth Clarence Weston (Mr. Weston it will be a pleasure to read about your court date, I hope they give you the darkest, coldest cell in SuperMax and a burly inmate named Bubba who can not wait to "make your acquaintance"). Then I feel despair, the despair which must creep into your lives ever too often. Then I become sad thinking of all those children, growing up in that area of the city, looking for a way out. Despite all of these negative feelings, it is the hope that people like you provide which keeps my belief in this city firm. I am here to make Baltimore a better place and I thank God there are people like you guys out there fighting this battle on a different front. This is not a battle that you fight alone. Don't give up guys-don't ever give up!!!


75|02/04/2003-12:33

Lawrence Summers | novaj@comcast.net

I read the CP story. I hope other in the area try to put their fears aside and help take Baltimore City back. Being from a rough area in Philadelphia, I can say that something like takes time, but it can be done!!!


74|02/04/2003-10:43

Geoff | geoffh@harborduvall.com

I read the CP article and want to congratulate you both for your efforts. Please continue to be safe, careful and relentless.


73|02/04/2003-07:39

Jay Snouffer | jesnouffer@wachoviasec.com

Read CP. Tried to drive to your house and got lost in the maze. Is the street design good or bad for the neighborhood at this time? If I mail you a check what is the address and payable to whom? You are on to some momentum with this thing now, so don't give up. The PR is just about to bust wide open. Good luck, J.


72|02/03/2003-15:42

Russell | Russellsplace@juno.com

I thank God for you brother. My faith in this City of ours has just gotten a lift after reading the City Paper article. I've battled drug/crime in the Franklin Square Community for the fourteen years that I have lived here. I moved here by choice and I intend to stay. Many of those years it seemed I was by myself. Neighbors aren't very reliable at times. I know how you feel. For all the people of this city that want a change for the better, please come out of your homes and talk to each other. I found that being visible and united makes a lot of difference. If you'd like please e-mail me.


71|02/03/2003-14:59

Kristin | redgoing@hotmail.com

I saw your article in the city paper and have also seen the news reports. I found myself shaking with rage at the inability of the mayor's office to show us the meaning behind its "believe" advertising campaign. I am an attorney in Baltimore, and while I know that most of the work needs to be done by the States attorneys office, I would like to offer my legal services to you. If you need any ****istance, or just want to discuss possible legal action, please email me. I would be honored to give you pro bono ****istance.


70|02/03/2003-10:02

Veronica L. Gordon | vlg1968@hotmail.com

I saw your article in the City paper. I hope you hang in there; and that God watches over and bless you. At least you are making an attempt to do something about your situation. so many people just complain about there situation but make no effort in doing something or changing it. Even if things remain the same , you can at least say you tried, it was a lesson learned, you grew from it, and you gave them hell while you was there.(smile).I do apologize for my people and that you do not think all,african-Americans are alike .We are not. I am orinally from Ponca City, Oklahoma. I moved to Baltimore 9 years ago in 1994 and believe me it was quite differ for me.I'm from a small city in Oklahoma so the every things you and others see here in Baltimore was strange for me, and even after 9 years , I have yet to get use to it; a lot of the times I get mad. I have been robbed twice since coming here. in which one time I was beating badly. And after 9 years I am still to ride the bus after certain times, and afraid to walk certain places but I just pretend I am not afraid and it works. Let me till you this. They may talk alot of trash but they will not do anything to you, for the main, and only reason is being, you are a causaian, they just want to scare you believe me if you were black, it would not only be worst. So stick in there. Your life is what you make it, keep doing what you can and after awhile , you'll realize it was worth it. a friend.......Veronica


69|02/02/2003-19:51

Luther Krueger | kruegerian@Mn.rr.com

Greetings from Minneapolis! I just read the article in City Paper...
Hang in there, in 1992 my neighborhood, Lyndale, we had the same kind/level of crime you have.
We got organized, dealers moved out, good folks moved in. Email me & I can send a list of things we did to take back Lyndale.
kruegerian@mn.rr.com


68|02/02/2003-16:35

John Reynolds | johnreynolds.baltimore@verizon.net

Keep up the good work. God bless your efforts.

As a city resident, as a person committed to this city and to raising my family here, I am oftened overjoyed and often disheartened by all that this city has to offer...and by what it does not.

A recent song caught my attention, and it has ispired me. You may find some strenghth in it, as well:

MY CITY OF RUINS
by Bruce Springsteen

There's a blood red circle
On the cold dark ground
And the rain is falling down
The church door's thrown open
I can hear the organ's song
But the congregation's gone
My city of ruins
My city of ruins

Now the sweet bells of mercy
Drift through the evening trees
Young men on the corner
Like scattered leaves
The boarded up windows
The empty streets
While my brother's down on his knees
My city of ruins
My city of ruins

Come on rise up!
Come on rise up!

Now there's tears on the pillow
Darlin' where we slept
And you took my heart when you left
Without your sweet kiss
My soul is lost, my friend
Tell me how do I begin again?
My city's in ruins
My city's in ruins

Now with these hands
With these hands
I pray Lord
With these hands
I pray for the strength, Lord
With these hands
I pray for the faith, Lord
With these hands
I pray for your love, Lord
With these hands
I pray for the strength, Lord
With these hands
I pray for your love, Lord
With these hands
I pray for the faith, Lord
With these hands
I pray for the strength, Lord

Come on, rise up!
Come on, rise up!


67|02/01/2003-11:09

Mark | nikedude_26@yahoo.com

I read the article on you in the City Paper. I live on the corner of Madison Ave in Mount Vernon. I would be interested in attending a vigil, if it were held, or donating time or goods, if that's useful. In any case, I'll write a letter to Mayor O'Malley as well and will also try to get a couple friends to. Please let me know what, if anything, sympathetic Baltimoreans can do.


66|01/31/2003-14:45

AJ | andrewlive@hotmail.com

Finally someone took an idea that had merit and is following through with it instead of just talking about it. well done and keep it up.


65|01/31/2003-13:24

Nancy E. Coviello | necworld@hotmail.com

A friend told me to check out your story. WOW, my hat is off to you for all your hard work to save your neighborhood. Sadly, I believe the scenes you describe with the drug houses and fear appear all over urban America.

In December, I was with 2 friends at a used furniture store in the 14th & U area of DC. My friends wanted me to meet the person who had sold them some great pieces of furniture. The day we arrived the owner looked upset. When we asked him what was wrong we heard the following story.

He had been having ongoing battles on his street with the drug dealers. He didn't want them near his property and would tell them to move away and would call the police on them. He had been threatend before, had his tire slashed, etc....he kept this running battle with the dealers going in order to protect his wife and children. Apparently a few days before I met him, after he had once again called the police, the dealers decided to fire bomb his car. This would have been bad enough, but the car not only exploded it caught 2 other cars on fire and also jumped to his house which then burned to the ground. Luckily no one was injured. When I asked him what the police were doing he replied that he didn't have much hope in the police since he was a black man in DC living in a lower income area. Where can this man and people like him go to find help? Even the slightest effort, such as your own or this mans, should be given full response of police & if necessary the FBI & the DEA.


64|01/31/2003-10:44

Brandi | brambels@hotmail.com

To all those working to help make Baltimore a cleaner, safer place: When you feel you all your strength is gone, when you feel you can not go on for one day more, when you are tired and frustrated, remember that change has to start somewhere, and that place is in the heart. If we all work together, we can build a better tomorow.


63|01/31/2003-06:31

Ken | kokldh@erols.com

Bryan,
You may want to consider holding a rally - the support is developing and the weather is getting better to.


62|01/30/2003-16:07

BadManOut | BadManOut@aol.com

The Police, tax payers, and hard workers are behind you. People who have seen loved ones waste their lives away. People are fed up and need to take a stand with u!


61|01/30/2003-12:57

michael p | cerabus_2@hotmail.com

i live on east 25 and encounter some similar problems, good luck


60|01/30/2003-12:19

Nicole Neary | nicoleneary@hotmail.com

Correction to my comment - one should not lump all police officers into one group because of a select portion decides to abuse their position. There are officers on the force who moved here to make a difference, and they're tired of people who don't wear their shoes say comments as "m" stated. It takes more than the officers to solve Baltimore's drug problem - it takes all members of this village to do that.


59|01/30/2003-11:57

ncn | cpa2006@hotmail.com

For comments made about the city police. Why don't you join the force to make a difference instead of saying such empty words. Until you're there in the shoes of a police officer doing your job 24/7, and then dealing with people who don't care if you live or die protecting them, then you can talk.


58|01/30/2003-11:53

Nicole Neary | nicoleneary@hotmail.com

This is in response to M's comments. One should not lump all city police into the one group. There are policemen and women who take their jobs seriously and to heart. Some spend their day-offs checking up on the elderly residents of these communities to make sure that they are doing okay and not being harrassed by the dealers.

How would you like it if in your profession - you were lumped in the bad portion. Instead of complaining - why don't you join the force then and make a difference.


57|01/30/2003-11:43

Nicole Neary | nicoleneary@hotmail.com

It takes a death of a family to unite this city. All neighbors throughout the city should have been on the forefront day one when they noticed the decline of their neighborhoods - this didn't happen overnight. I've been driven through all the once beautiful neighborhoods - and I was and am still shocked at their condition. History wasted for a minute high.


56|01/30/2003-11:42

Matt | Mattbuckus@yahoo.com

Keep up the good work. I personally know how tough drug addiction is, but with communities working together, we can defeat our problems one step at a time. If their is anything I can do to help, please email me.


55|01/29/2003-14:16

m | mlepus@aol.com

I would love to talk to one of you guys but this is not a secure site.watch your back the city police do not care what happens to you.You design sites tell me how to get you, just another person with the same story.


54|01/29/2003-11:14

April | amstorm51@comcast.net

I first read about your struggle in The Sun a while back. I actually thought something would have come out of that because of the exposure. How naive! After reading your article today in The City Paper, I am disgusted at the response of the Mayor and at the lack of support from the City. "Believe". Almost as bad as "The City That Reads". Remember that? I work on Mt. Royal and McMechan. What happens in your neighborhood directly affects all of us, not just those who live in or work near it. It affects everyone it supplies and everyone they supply and so on. Please do not give up! We can do this, together, one neighborhood at a time! May God Bless you and watch over you!


53|01/29/2003-10:19

Jim | james.r.cooley@verizon.net

Great story in the City Paper - also great web site. Best of luck.


52|01/29/2003-10:13

Denny | slemasters@rkkengineers.com

Just read your article in CP, am sure your guest book will be swamped in coming days. I applaud your efforts, and want to help. I work on Mt. Royal and McMechen and we walk thru the neighborhoods in warm weather at lunch, and sadly know not to go past Eutaw Place. It's disheartening to see a once beautiful neighborhood decimated, and inspiring to know that somebody is fighting it! Don't get discouraged! Keep it up!


51|01/29/2003-07:50

Cy | cgoverns@hotmail.com

Thank you so much for doing the right thing. You, and your efforts,are brave and amazing. Your story makes me BELIEVE more than any sign--now whenever I see those signs, I will say, "Think of Vigil and Taylor." I will tell others. I will remind them, and myself, that believing is easy, acting on and defending those beliefs is hard and necessary.


50|01/29/2003-03:52

Bill | bvlawrensen@hotmail.com

I love the new layout of the site. You are making a huge difference whether you realize it or not


49|01/28/2002

L. Hughes | lsemail@smart.net

keep up the good work....


48|01/28/2003-16:06

craig hall | craig_hall@rescueteam.com

Found your site checking out citypaper.com. Very impressed - I like what i see. If there is any tangible help you ever need, please feel free to let me know.


47|01/28/2003-13:43

Adam Meister | techbalt@lycos.com | http://www.techbalt.com

What happened to the rest of the Guestbook? Well as you know we at TechBalt.com support your efforts 100%, and we will help you in any way we can. Baltimore will be saved!


46|01/03/2003-13:31

John Miller | john.miller@baltimorepolice.org

Please keep up your efforts. I used to patrol the area in the 80's. It's good to see you doing what you are doing. Best wishes!


45|01/02/2003-13:12

David | chairman@stpatrickdayparade.com | http://www.irishparade.net

It is great that you are taking such an active role in your neighborhood.

One other part of building civic pride is supporting the many independent cultural events that take place around the city. I am speaking about the Baltimore St. Patrick Parade, although their are many such events.

I hope you and your neighbors come out to support this great community event.


44|12/31/2002-14:36

Tom | tsabia1@earthlink.net

I'm sorry to hear that you may not be updating on a regular basis. I imagine that reliving your daily experiences by writing them down can be even more depressing. Hang in there. I know people who were living through a similar situation in D.C 15 years ago. It was a long haul for them, but you have something they didn't - a city government that is at least sympathetic and the internet. Please don't shut down this site even if you don't have the heart to update it everyday. It's important that you are heard.
(Mt. Vernon, Baltimore)


43|12/30/2002-06:33

Gus | lubriv@aol.com

B - I am very disappointed to see that you're thinking abut shutting down the web site. While I absolutely understand your frusteration ,I just want you to know that you are really inspiring many people ( like myself ), to take action and make their community more livable. God Bless You !!


42|12/27/2002-08:51

Bill | bvlawrensen@hotmail.com

Brian/ Vaughn,

Keep up the good work. We all are praying for you.
( Stratford , CT )


41|12/08/2002-04:29

Jens Söderberg | josab@passagen.se | http://josab.dyndns.org

Greetings from Sweden. Hope you win this local war.


40|12/07/2002-16:08

dave | dave@dnkb.com | http://dnkb.com

All the best in your continuing work. You're truly an inspiration.


39|12/07/2002-11:12

Mark Guerrero | mg@privateaddress.com

Greetings from San Francisco. I think it's great that you are taking a stand. Will be watching your site for updates -- "don't let the ****s wear you down." Hang in there, you are inspiring other people to do the same thing where they live. For those of you in the suburbs -- don't let our lawmakers forget the cities!


38|11/20/2002-13:48

penny

Wish you all the best. If I prayed, I'd pray for you.
I'm just a coward in the suburbs and feel very small after reading this


37|11/20/2002-07:58

Frank C.

best of LUCK. Have looked in your area for houses, and hope to find something around the park. Keep the feet to the fire !

frank


36|11/19/2002-05:59

April | AprilJ24@aol.com

As a native Baltimorian (now in Orlando) I am proud to see there are still citizens that care about what is happening to our city. Good luck with your effort and be safe.

35|11/15/2002-12:40

Brian Davis | brianhollisterdavis@hotmail.com | http://brianhdavis.com

What you're doing is very commendable. As long as Baltimore still has a few citizens like yourselves, we'll be alright. So when will one of you run for City Counsel? You'd be the sharpest tack in that box.


34|11/11/2002-13:55

Jane Sellman | jsellman@yahoo.com

I love what you are doing. It gives me hope for the city. I live a few blocks away--on Eutaw Street. If you need someone to come in now and then to make coffee or clean or whatever, let me know. I'd love to help.


33|10/24/2002-12:28

Jeffrey Robinson | jrobinson5@loyola.edu | http://evergreen.loyola.edu/~jrobinson5

This if the first time I've visited the site. I am very impressed. I live on Eutaw Place in Spicer's Run and support your efforts to turn around the community. I believe, too.

Jeff Robinson
1939 Eutaw Place


32|10/23/2002-09:41

Larry | larry.laws@weschler.com

YOU HAVE MADE A VERY BIG IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU!

31|10/22/2002-19:31

Louise and John

Hey, Brian and Vaughn - wethought of you when we heard the news about the Dawsons. I am glad to read here that you are trying to make something positive out of the dreadful and tragic event. We wish you continued strength in your efforts.

30|10/06/2002-00:27

Officer Jimmy Vogt | jameskvogt@hotmail.com

Hey Brian we are with you 100% we will help you and the people reach your goals.

29|10/03/2002-17:28

Jay

Thank you for building the substation. We need people like you in the community to stand up and say we have had enough. You can make a difference one day at a time keep it up. God bless you and your efforts |

28|10/01/2002-17:25

SHAUN | SMF210@YAHOO.COM

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. WE ARE THERE.

27|09/25/2002-14:20

barbaraforth | jdtaylor@cts.com

Hi,
I am overjoyed on your behalf! Just saw the new streetlights, and the gorgeous painting by M. Miller...Wow!

26|09/24/2002-00:16

Adam Meister | techbalt@lycos.com | http://www.techbalt.com

You guys should be proud. I love what you are doing and I give you much props! You may want to check out my web site www.techbalt.com where I am working on some ideas on saving Baltimore. Perhaps we could even work together.


25|09/23/2002-13:39

Frank McDougald | fmcdougald@msn.com

I'm a long-time resident of Reservoir Hill (Linden Ave.)Best of luck . I'll be glad to help however I can

24|09/22/2002-23:13

Antoinette | apeele@earthlink.net

I just read the article in the sun paper regarding your efforts a block away from the home I just purchased in the 1800 block of Madison Avenue. I am pleased to read of your committment and dedication to the community. Keep up the good work!


23|09/20/2002-12:27

Jo | josette_brown@hotmail.com

Bravo!!!!
I am inspired by your efforts. I am often so sad driving through my city. There is so much housing just sitting in Baltimore. I just purchased a vacant building adjacent to my home. I bought it to somehow control my environment. People began hanging-out in it. Now that I have gone through the torture of purchasing this building via a bank loan, I have to decide what to do with it.
You have given me an idea.
Many Blessings !!


22|09/20/2002-09:17

Sheila

Hi Vaughn - I used to meet you and your pooch at Sumpter Park along with my dog, UB. I'm really proud of what you are achieving on Madison. This is the way things were in Northern Bolton Hill back in the 70's - so you are on the right track to bringing Madison back from the abyss. The homes there have the possibilities of being real showcases. Hopefully some more pioneers will be interested in moving in. Keep up the good work!

21|09/19/2002-17:44

David H

Excellent article. Very inspiring! Keep it up. I teach at Dunbar, and if there is one thing needed, it's diversity in Baltimore-- the type that knocks down stereotypes and calls us all to be members of the HUMAN race.


20|09/19/2002-13:29

Jacqi | Jacqishifflett@verizon.net

What a pleasure it was this morning to open the paper and read about your wonderful efforts to turn this neighborhood around.Action speaks louder than words. You are an inspiration for those of us who complain about such situations and do nothing to improve them.May God bless you!


19|09/19/2002-12:32

Diana | dnaylor@harland.net

You're doing a wonderful job. Keep up the good work! Maybe someday with people like you the city can return to what it once was, a nice place to shop and visit. For you a big grin


18|09/19/2002-11:42

Melissa

Keep up the good work. I've been thinking about renovating and moving into my great-grand parents old boarded up brown stone on Druid Hill and Boone. You give me courage and inspiration. These surrounding neighborhoods have the potential to become what they used to be. Look at what's being done with Harlem in NY. Just beautiful.


17|09/19/2002-10:55

Kwesi | amefica@yahoo.com

Hello. First I would like to say congrats to all of your efforts to bring stability to what appears to be an unstable community. It is encouraging to know that I am not the only one investing in what one believes in. Although you say that your agnostic your story reminds me of a man in the bible named Nehemiah whose efforts to rebuild his community placed him in disfavor with many of those who didn't even belong to the community itself. I believe in the city, and so I rebuffed the notion to move to the burbs. That is why I purchased five units of houses in the Northeast part of Baltimore City. For my efforts I have seen the importance of accountable homeowners and landlords who also believe in the city. Understand this no matter what your indifference is to the church, the church has been the staple in the communit, and it's efforts great or small have given it's residents a glimmer of hope. I implore you to set aside your religious indifferences, and partner with the church, and other community activist to get more support. I beleive you could save yourself a lot of sleepless nights if you knew that you're not in this thing alone.

Thanks
Kwesi


16|09/19/2002-09:31

Nora Dudman | ndudman@umm.edu

I have a room air conditioner that I would like to donate or possibly some furniture. I think you guys are doing great! Good Luck


15|09/19/2002-09:31

TERRENCE | TTHOMPSONMANGINA@HOTMAIL.COM

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.


14|09/19/2002-08:36

Bill | billrd28@cs.com

good to see you guys sticking in there...

13|09/19/2002-08:04

Kellye | kelgree86@aol.com

Just read the article in The Sun about your BBQ and the project you are undertaking. I wish you the best of luck, but mostly I hope this inspires a *ripple* effect in other delapidated areas of Baltimore. Don't be discouraged if your progress takes longer than you first thought; we're all rooting for you and Your Neighborhood!

12|09/19/2002-05:26

cherie | cherie_wells2002@yahoo.com

What amazing courage the two of you have in partaking this challenge. God Bless you and your friends.

11|09/19/2002-05:25

W.I.Chatman III | chatmansb@yahoo.com

I was born and raised at 1701 McCulloh St. My folks owned a funeral home there for years, before expanding into the Park heights area. I left the area in 1980 upon joining the Marine Crops. It does my heart wonders to see that some on has taken such a strong interest in my old neighborhood. Others have tried to revitalize these wonderful old homes, but they didn't stick it out. I believe and I pray that God will grant you success in your endeavors. I would like to leave you with a challenge and that is learn of the history of that old area.

10|09/18/2002-18:39

Louise and John | LMCBWESQ@AOL.COM

Thanks for your efforts - the substation looks great(nice sofa, we might add). The P.O.'s we spoke to seemed genuinely glad for the space and your contributions to the neighborhood.


9|09/18/2002-14:16

Bruce O'Neal | plyxrbo@earthlink.net | http://profiles.yahoo.com/thulani

bryan,
could not make it to your event, but wishing you all the love and success, man. my partner, kids, and i live on brookfield and i manage the reservoir hill list (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/reservoirhill) if you are interested in subscribing.
hope to meet soon.
bruce

8|09/14/2002-16:26

Mary Sanders | mary.lee54@verizon.net

keep-up the good work and I will see you on Wednesday. And you are not alone on any of this.Plus it is good to know that the police are around a little more so my phone calls payed off.(smile)
Mary


7|09/13/2002-18:21

Matt Herman | mherman@hermanbros.bix

I recently purchased two buildings with 15 total units on the 1400 block of Madison, which I plan to renovate. I'm excited to finally hear someone else cares about repairing this once grand street. Any help I can give, anything I can do, let me know. There are dedicated folks even down here in the 1400s!


6|09/11/2002-23:08|

Will | integralWill@aol.com | http://www.willsdelirium.net

First, I'd like to say that I admire your cause and am in awe at your ability to portray a scene through writing.

I found the content of your website both inspiring and of outstanding quality. I do, however, wish to offer ****istance with the design of your site. Despite what some may like to think, design and navigation is important to the success of a website and its ultimate purpose.

If you are at all interested, please get back with via email. This is a donation I can make to your cause.

Regards,
Will


5|09/05/2002-05:09

barbara forth | jdtaylor@cts.com

Have been following your site. If you are interested in putting your chronicle into book form, please contact me?

What you are doing is, I feel strongly, of more than local interest.


4|08/23/2002-10:28|

Ken | kokldh@erols.com

As you know, I wish you continued progress and best of luck in this effort-which is all of ours too. Your courage and ingenuity have been inspiring to us - your neighbors, whom are directly effected by the ilks of your block. I will continue to support and would ask other supporters to become more visible to send a message that the criminals need to be fearful and not the good citizens - posting a positive message is support! Talk to you soon.


3|08/21/2002-07:29

Chris | cforsber@jhsph.edu

Keep fighting the good fight! This Reservoir Hill resident (Eutaw/Madison corridor just above North Ave.) stands with you. Up here on the Hill we know what you are going through -- we're beginning to turn the corner on that, so it can be done! It is paramount that we all have concern beyond our own blocks.


2|08/14/2002-09:52

Patrick Donahue

keep up the good work!


1|08/14/2002-09:40|

Bryan | bryan@rebuildingmadison.info | http://rebuildingmadison.info

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