Baltimore Institutions Hurt By the Aftermath of the Riots
The riots that gripped the city are over for now. The city is relatively peaceful and visitors don't have to worry about protests and civil unrest. But they're still not coming back in the numbers and this is making the leadership of the institutions worried. Without guests, there's no revenue. And without revenue, the institutions must cut back or even close shop.
The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Barker surveyed the city's insitution and found disquieting statistics across the board. The Maryland Science Center, located in a scenic spot overlooking the harbor, welcomed 70% fewer guests in the first weekends after the riots. The Maryland Zoo saw a 59% drop.
The numbers are recovering as the events recede. The Walters Art Gallery's count for all of May was only 7% smaller than May in 2014.