There has been some progress, as convention bookings went up, tourism rebounded, and 93% of the businesses that closed following the riots have reopened, Reuters reported.
But sadly, the city still struggles, with deep unemployment and 23% of its residents living below the poverty level.
“The causes of the civil disturbance in Baltimore last year have not been eliminated,” said Billy Murphy, a lawyer who represents Gray’s family.
“This can happen again.”
After the riots quieted, many coalitions formed to address poverty and income inequality, including buy-local campaigns that include black-owned businesses. But progress from those campaigns is taking longer than many hoped.
In the aftermath, the department’s police chief was fired by mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, but agressive tactics continue under new police commissioner Kevin Davis.
With the Democratic mayoral primary just two weeks away, residents have many options to vote for change. There are nearly two-dozen candidates, 13 of whom are Democrats. Nearly all candidates, across both parties, promise more jobs.
The field includes Councilman Nick Mosby, husband of Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor who charged the officers involved in the death of Gray. Also in the running is #BlackLivesMatter activist DeRay McKesson.