Opinion: Is Arbutus Really Going Down the Tubes?

"Arbutus is doomed," one Patch reader suggests.

"Why don't you do a story on things that matter like the lack of effort from local small business to make downtown a clean area that makes people want to visit here?," an Arbutus Patch reader wrote on our Facebook wall in response to in Lansdowne.

Downtown looks like a dump. Between the fence in the parking lot next to Highs (Pantry One) all the trash in the parking lots. The rat epidemic if you live near downtown. Arbutus is doomed. It's turning into a suburban inner Baltimore city. Paint all the tunnels you want it's still a **** hole and going south fast!

Maybe I'm biased because as the Arbutus Patch editor I have a bird's eye view of the good and the bad that happens in this area. Or perhaps I'm biased because this is my neighborhood, too.

According to commander Capt. John Spiroff, the incidence of crime in this area is lower than other sections of Baltimore County, and rates in most categories of crime are decreasing year after year.

Are there problems? Of course there are. Our corner of Baltimore County experiences many of the same conditions that affect other communities. No neighborhood, rich or poor, is immune from crime.

I also know that there are numerous civic groups with people who are dedicated to enhancing and improving the community--Arbutus Business and Professional Association, Arbutus Improvement Association, Halethorpe Improvement Association, Relay Improvement Association and Lansdowne Improvement Association among them.

These people are doing things like scrubbing graffiti, cutting back overgrown vegetation, cleaning stream beds and waterways, clearing walking trails, landscaping public areas, installing welcoming signs and benches and a variety of other projects.

Lansdowne Improvement Association is spearheading a cleanup of Hillcrest Park on June 2, if you're curious what an involved community looks like. Or, if you want to help.

Maybe I'm biased because in the 30 years I've lived here and sent my kids to local schools, I've decided that Arbutus is still the best place to live in Baltimore County.

Or maybe I've just become a victim of lowered expectations, immune to the signs of decay around me. Am I really living in a **** hole?

What do you think? Is Arbutus going down the tubes, or getting better?

Arbutus Town Crier June 02, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Woof ! Chilling, thank you for your comment, The riddled with very poor grammar and ramble on rather incoherently got you attention, so you may be correct on my command of the English language. so be it! but the SUBSTANCE in the message is their. Ted Kazinski's manifesto? I think not asking why 5-6 time is the process of root cause analysis Direct cause Vs. Root cause., Truth and Facts engage to think freely as an individual or group. The fears are justified because society is terrified of the truth. The truth shouldn’t be forced on people, I may have, its a good amount too take all at once, but it should be available to people who need it. Idea's using one imagination and freely thinking on there own, it removes those that believe things cant be done, For Chillin the truths howls through the night like the wolf, not neighbor's dog. You state the name Ted Kazinski's label me that possibly to deflect people away from the truth."good tactic" implanting subliminal comments in other minds to keep from thinking on there own, I know people are smarter then you believe.
Chillin June 02, 2012 at 05:24 PM
You are going way too deep to get anyone's attention.
Arbutus Town Crier June 02, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I don't think so the founding fathers who wrote the Declaration of Independence,The Constitution at a time when people had no schooling, used an X for there signature, and later generations had only 8th grade education. Its not deep at all its simple but you may be right in some aspects sometimes the easiest things are the hardest. I will take you comment into consideration for the good of the people. please feel free to comment on my comments in a positive manner or if you would put it into laymen terms. only request is truth and respect of ones opinion. We may help create a vision that is positive. Chillin I have one thing to add, I have talked to people from different area's in agreement of what I blog BUT are truly afraid of making comments in fear of there email address to found out conveying the issues. and a good amount would truly feel this way.
Mike McAuliffe June 03, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Patti, I had made comment in my original post to the APBA's wonderful Adopt-a garden project and how nice the gardens all look, but it mistakenly got omitted from my post, as I had to chop the text in two after I realized the entire text wouldn't fit. My apologies. I would like to know more about your discussion with the County on this matter and what assistance HIA can offer ABPA to rectify the broken fence and trash can.
Arbutus Town Crier June 06, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Jeremy, you may be right BUT the way you state your issues are not the way to get your point across. Yes their are racial issues, the pendulum may have swung the opposite way. and your comment fuels the fire. who knows why the things are the way they are? maybe some Military organization took an oath to disrupt misinform and re write history for people to think the way they do. it may be, who knows unless you search history and be informed
Rob June 06, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Jeremy, There are problems that have nothing to do with race. For instance, illiterate, uneducated racists such as yourself are symptomatic of the overall decline.
tbw June 06, 2012 at 02:58 PM
jeremy s June 06, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Its not racist its called realism look around!!!
Rob June 06, 2012 at 09:31 PM
The situation you describe may or may not be real. However, your derogatory choice of language IS racist regardless of the situation. Grow up and learn to have an intelligent, literate, adult conversation if you want to be taken seriously.
Patti Sue Nolan June 06, 2012 at 10:08 PM
It's GONE! THE FENCE IS GONE! WE WIN! (although the Baltimore County Crew didn't know what they were supposed to do once they arrived) Score one for us. What's next? I'm ready. Who wants to paint some trash cans or fire hydrants with me
Mike McAuliffe June 07, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I'll help with the trash cans. Where and when? I think the Fire Dept. uses a specific and specialized paint for the hydrants though.
Chillin June 07, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Jeremy, your inability to form a complete sentence correctly without misspellings hints that your schooling was poor or that you may be mutating along with the bus bench folks. You give the people that your are bashing plenty of ammunition to fire back at you. Confucius say " he who live in glass house should throw no stones"
jeremy June 08, 2012 at 05:09 AM
chillin,why don't you go swallow another anti-depressant you stupid cracker
Rob June 08, 2012 at 11:30 AM
You're not helping your case any.
Chillin June 09, 2012 at 01:35 AM
@jeremy s, Yo Chillin was illin for a bit, but I took the pills that my doctor gave me and I feel all happy now. No more crittizims Yo. YO!, y'all got your comment taken off cause they can't handel it, yo. WTF! Tell us what's rong wit Arbutus n Morrell Park agin. They ain't gittin it man. Reality sucks like an MF yo. spell it out to tha blind as they can't see. Betta use the man's wurd thogh, so they don't snuff out your comment again. Down wit it yo.
Rob June 09, 2012 at 04:07 AM
How many barber shops do we need in Arbutus, anyway? I went through there again today and I counted no less than FOUR between the end of East Drive and the Hollywood. What's up with that.
Patti Sue Nolan June 09, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Rob, First, I don't believe we have "FOUR" barber shops on East Drive. Second, if there are, economic will take care of it. Thank you for your input
Rob June 09, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Yes, you do, Patti-Sue. There's one down by the Pizza Boli and the Hallmark store (is that still there?). There's one by the old Arbutus Hardware that is now a bizarre combination cycle shop / pit beef stand it would appear. A third stands directly across the street from that one, and the fourth is over next to the Hollywood theatre. And it was simply commentary, is all. I was checking out what sort of businesses survive in Arbutus nowadays, and it just struck me as very odd. I was also surprised to see that in addition to the two "head shops" I know of, there's also a "hookah lounge". Who knew?!
Paul Fischer July 08, 2012 at 09:11 PM
where are the head shops?
Slim July 18, 2012 at 08:23 PM
It's simple: Get the kids involved in cleaning and protecting their own neighborhood. They should grow up with pride in where they were raised. If they are accustomed to supporting the area, they will not be involved in its destruction or decline or whatever terms we have been using. First, be a model. Speak positively of your own community and keep your own property as you would have all others keep theirs. Next, adopt a section of a road. Clean up trash once a week. Rake leaves, plant flowers . . . Get involved in a neighborhood association and volunteer to complete projects (like the amazing ones that have been mentioned). Find KIDS to help! They need service hours for school . . . One more thing . . . be POSITIVE! Your home is what you make of it! (Yes, I know that I repeated myself, that was the point). Oh, and be positive! Be the change! Make a difference!
Patti Sue Nolan July 18, 2012 at 08:48 PM
We, The Arbutus Business & Professional Association, (ABPA) have a wonderful economic development committee. We have worked in the past with the Landlords and County to bring businesses into our area. I would love to hear some ideas for businesses in Arbutus. What would you like to see?
Arbutus Town Crier July 25, 2012 at 03:03 AM
One big change would be a good start and make a difference I will post later
Rob July 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Seriously, Paul? Where are the head shops? I don't even LIVE in Arbutus any more (my father does) and I know where they are. One is disguised as a "cigarette outlet" on East Drive, a few doors down from Sorrento's and where the Rita's USED to be. Sure, they cell cigarettes, but they're selling an awful lot more than cigarettes in there too. The second one is across the street there disguised as "Pantry One" - it used to be the High's. Now it's a ghetto "convenience store" that peddles paraphernalia aws well. Sure, I know, you use those little pipes and bonds to smoke your tobacco, yeah, yeah, we know.
Arbutus Town Crier July 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM
This ii the plan for down grading 21229 and other areas instead of Improving, is being PUSHED on us We fight an uphill battle to to improve our neighborhood? At least 75% of the units must be occupied by low-income residents and either (1) at least 20% of the units must be occupied by very-low-income residents or (2) 40% must be occupied by residents that do not exceed 120% of the very-low-income limit for the area in which the housing is located (up to 25% of the units may be provided at market rates to residents who have incomes in excess of the low-income limit). The project must actually be occupied by poor and distressed residents, subject to a reasonable transition period (typically one year) to place the project into service. The housing must be affordable to the charitable beneficiaries. If the project consists of multiple buildings and each building does not separately meet the safe harbor requirements, the buildings must share the same grounds.
Arbutus Town Crier July 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM
This is how Slum Lords get there money by letting the building decline go to a Program that teaches them how to make money without improvements to property Our communities suffer decline of the neighborhoods and millionaires that get a steady income with this program. Just check out who owns these property's and you will see an income by using the system.. anyone with a sliver of morals would not do this but for GREED AND DESTRUCTION You wanted the you got it. So until changes in SlumLords Buildings are brought up to codes in the area lead paint broken widows old steel piping leaking sewage. Asbestos was commonly used in all sorts of buildings throughout the early and mid-20th Century. When one adds these two variables together, it’s easy to see that there are certain apartment buildings that were built with asbestos included in the materials.So when were these Apartment building constructed? yea that time frame. Why should they upgrade, the landlord sucks the money and life out of the Neighborhood. The same is for the ones that buy homes to rent but they don't have a landlord permit and there ARE so many of these leaches of society in Baltimore County. If the county wanted to investigate they can type in the owner of a house @ Baltimorecounty.gov and see for yourself.If an lod man can do it U can. Know anyone who owns a house they rent you can find out if there is a landlord permit. Hell Baltimore county would collect allot of tax money plus Job creation
Arbutus Town Crier July 28, 2012 at 03:27 AM
@Patti Sue Nolan, well I gave you the RAW Truth Documented info! info what can you do? if these cannot be corrected how do you expect for Arbutus to regain the heritages that Arbutus deserves? What should have happened was instead of slop allot or what ever the name of the depressed store in Superfresh was The Amish restaurants and bakery instead of Patapsco would have drawn other business into our great town. Maybe Arbutus can be a place of artisans natural food etc to draw in
Arbutus Town Crier July 28, 2012 at 03:39 AM
you asked
Fuck Arbutus October 29, 2012 at 08:43 AM
Fuck arbutus. I got robbed twice in one week. Around 5k of stuff in total.
Arbutus Town Crier November 16, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Be more Active and "work with your neighbors", and you may want to change your name for starters .
K December 13, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I've grown up in Arbutus and I have seen a definite change in the lifestyle here. As a kid I was able to ride my bike around and hang out anywhere without feeling threatened. Now, being older, I'm practically scared to walk around alone. I've had my car broken into twice. It's been vandalized two more times. Bot of my brothers cars have been vandalized. I was victim of armed robbery twice in three months. Like, really? Plus, Arbutus is boring and does not offer a lot of opportunity. Adolescents have nowhere to go and spend their time. I guess the only option is to hangout at the former AES gazebo. Either that or a hookah lounge or antique shop. Arbutus needs something more than a movie theatre for the kids. On the topic of opportunity, since Arbutus is so small and many businesses do not have ample enough business to expand, job opportunities suck! There's nearly no where to have a 'professional' job so our middle class workers must branch away from Arbutus. In addition, teenagers looking for jobs are often denied because either the establishment can't afford to pay wages or they have no room for anymore employees because the ones that do have jobs there keep them for a long time since job opportunity is poor. And what are the teenagers to do? Without a license or a ride outside of Arbutus they can't work. I would like to see more family restaurants in Arbutus. How about a Cracker Barrel!?


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