The argument between the Cordish Co. and our dysfunctional City Council over the Power & Light District dress code has degraded to the point of ridiculous. As a business owner myself, it is my prerogative to set the standards for my business. I have a simple solution to put and end to this problem. I will call it a field trip of sorts.
The Cordish Co. should rent a bus, load the City Council on board (I would also include that other dysfunctional entity known as the school board) and take the bus and park it in front of any inner city high school - next to the patrol cars - when classes are let out in the afternoon.
Then I would pose these questions: Is this what you want the Power & Light District to look like on weekend nights? Have you forgotten why people stopped going to Westport and Bannister Mall?
Stop giving us the politically correct line about "stereotyping." The "gangsta rapper look" is permeating our society. Because the line between who is real and who is not is blurry, Cordish is entitled to err on the side of caution to protect its business model and patrons.
Hurrah for the dress code at the Power & Light District! How nice to see everyone dressed up.
To code naysayers, it is true the style of dress prohibited by the code was popularized by black youths and gang and prison culture. But now youths and young adults of all colors have adopted this dress as their own.
Just go to any public venue with no dress code, and you'll get to see kids who can't walk without holding up their pants. And you'll be treated to a display of their boxers. And guess what? They are all races. This is a fashion trend that people of all backgrounds hope will soon run its course.
Please wear work clothes to work and play clothes to play, and dress up to go out for a night on the town. And get a belt so I don't have to see your drawers.