moved to his
South Baltimore rowhome 10 years ago without ever thinking he
might one day live near a slots parlor.
But that's about to change.
, 39, and his
wife live about four blocks from the proposed location of a Baltimore City slots facility that could open as early as 2011.
fears the 3,750 video machines — and the crowds they likely will draw — will lead to additional traffic and crime and increase the neighborhood's parking problems.
All of that he
feels will ultimately hurt the property value of his
home, which he
estimates has increased nearly 600 percent since he
moved in 1998.
"Who wants to buy a house four blocks from a gambling facility?," asked Harrison, an archivist at Johns Hopkins University.
said the neighborhood already has been affected by Federal Hill's popular nightlife scene and M&T Bank Stadium, home to the Ravens, sitting so close.
On the weekends it's not surprising for him to wake up with empty beer bottles on his
doorstep or see a street sign ripped down.
expects these problems to escalate when the slots parlor opens for business.
What irks Harrison
the most is the little warning given to him and his
neighbors regarding the Baltimore City location and how their opinion carried the same weight as all state residents.
"Someone in Owings Mills can vote yes for slots, but it's not going in their neighborhood," Harrison
"It's going in my neighborhood.
We were kind of railroaded."
wife will wait and see how their concerns play out before considering a move from the neighborhood.