The Marc Steiner Show

December 8, 2008

Do you have a bad attitude about the city you live in?  What do municipal leaders have to do in order to get jaded residents to buy into a new vision for a city? How can a city get residents excited about urban life after years of dysfunction? How can a city create a beneficial relationship with citizens in order to generate support for economic, education, housing and other reforms?

We talked about the relationship between a city and its citizens today.  Joining us was  local activist Donald Gresham, Deputy Mayor Christopher Thomaskutty, and C. Ali Sharif, who has been assisting Newark, New Jersey in their efforts to forge a new relationship with city residents! This show is in partnership with Urbanite Magazine; read the article that inspired the show!


Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday thru Friday from 10AM to Noon on WEAA 88.9 FM. The show covers the topics that matter, engaging real voices, from Charm City to Cairo and beyond. Call us at 410.319.8888 or email us to participate live in the show, or share your comments on our site! Aren’t in Baltimore but want to listen? Stream the show live.


  1. In the little while I’ve lived here, I have been surprised and dismayed again and again at all the obstacles the city places in front of people who move here, whether it’s for a permit to improve and upgrade an abandoned building (that escaped the City’s attention up to that point), or helping businesses get started and providing incentives for folks to stick around.
    What gives? Do the powers that be just WANT the place to die on the vine?

  2. In a financial crisis, when cities have fewer resources to spend on activities such as neighborhood clean-ups or school improvements, how can we engage existing neighborhood groups to pick up some of that slack? Not everyone in Baltimore has a bad attitude about the city — some people want to help and simply don’t know the best way to do so.

  3. I’ve been reading about mergers that have happened with various cities and counties in other parts of the country. Does anyone know whether a merger of city and county here in Baltimore has ever been explored?

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