BALTIMORE —The Rev. Al Sharpton stopped in Baltimore to support a proposal to create a black cultural arts and entertainment district in the city. Sharpton was the guest of radio talk show host and former state Sen. Larry Young at the downtown rally. Several hundred people turned out at the War Memorial Building to voice their support for the proposed district.
“If Baltimore can find a way to develop the harbor, if they can find a way to develop casinos, they can find a way to develop symbols of self respect, and self worth and self regard for the children of Baltimore city,” Sharpton said. “You made deals for the stadium, you made deals for developers. Now let’s make a deal for the children of Baltimore.”
The Baltimore Arts, Culture and Entertainment Consortium has its eye on real estate just south of M&T Bank Stadium.
The group said that with the help of state and local tax breaks, and private funding, transforming the area into a family-friendly district is achievable. It could include a recreation center, a senior center, book stores, a concert hall, a comedy club, boutique shops, night clubs and other businesses.