Filed under: News | Tags: 25th Street Station, Baltimore Indy Racing, Baltimore Mayoral Election 2011, Otis Ralley, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Otis Rolley Is Speaking Out!
-For Mayor, That Is
Back in May, Baltidome put out a plea for challengers to current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and now a glimmer of hope may be on the horizon for the green-minded of Baltimore.
Rawlings-Blake has shown no love to environmentally conscious Baltimorians as she quickly wiped out the widely popular Cleaner Greener Baltimore campaign within weeks of taking office and has seemingly been on a sustainability rub-out ever since.
In a just a few short months Rawlings-Blake has replaced sustainability efforts years in the making (the plastic bag ban, HAZMAT collection days, Main Streets programs) with Indy racing, full support for a potential downtown Walmart Shopping complex (whose plan appears not to comply with current sustainability laws), a beverage tax, cuts to Parks and Senior Centers and more.
Imagine Baltidome’s delight to hear of challenger Otis Rolley, who reportedly “drew loud applause and cheers from the audience” at last week’s TEDxMidAtlantic event “for a shout-out to Baltimore as he opened his presentation on a fresh approach to urban renewal” (BmoreMedia article). “If you’re really serious about rebuilding neighborhoods, you have to invest in structures that value people,” Rolley asserted.
Baltidome will be looking forward to hearing and reporting more about 2011 Mayoral Candidate Otis Rolley.