Back when I lived in Baltimore, there was a man named Mike, a nice enough guy save that when he went off his meds, he’d turn into Crazy Mike, an alter ego that liked to wander around Charles Village screaming at the top of his lungs about how flying monkeys were stealing his every thought. I begin with Crazy Mike’s cautionary tale because even though I’ve moved to a bigger city, with arguably even crazier people, I’ve felt a special kinship to him over this past year. While some might be up in arms over the New York City outdoor smoking ban that took effect today, I, rather, choose to focus my attention on a set of problems that seem to have been plaguing our city for the better part of a year, and that may prove just as imaginary as Crazy Mike’s airborne, thought- stealing simians. Read more at The Huffington Post.

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