The 3,000th comment, assuming I counted correctly, was M's on this post about communities -- including Baltimore -- wooing BRAC folks whose jobs are moving from New Jersey to Aberdeen Proving Ground. Here's what M wrote:
I think it's great that people are considering living in the city. Baltimore has a lot to offer most of these folks and hopefully some make the decision that Baltimore is the place to be. However, I personally do not believe that a large portion of these people will decide that the city is the place to live. The high taxes, high crime, generally poor schools, and parking issues do not shine the best light on city living. Sure there are some great things about the city (it's why I live there) but the majority of these workers have good incomes and families that will hinder Baltimore being their choice.
Also, as a fan of the Wire series and reading a lot about how it was developed and who wrote the stories, I highly disagree with the statement ""Although many people stereotype Baltimore by the storylines they see on HBO's 'The Wire,' it is a work of fiction". Ask any cop or local writer (Which the two writers of the Wire are) and they will tell you the series is dead on accurate.
There's been a lot of reader discussion about city living vs. suburban living and any number of other topics that could prompt the dreaded CAPSLOCK OF RAGE. But you know, you're usually pretty collegial. It warms my heart that you all mingle here -- virtually speaking -- without getting into pixel fisticuffs.
Keep those comments coming. I can blog all I want, but you're the ones who make this a community.