Y'all may know Kahan Dhillon –– a dude who is every cartoon grifter almagamated into one very bad person.
Mr. Dhillon has a "plan" (I say that in the loosest sense of the word) to revitalize Baltimore –– that plan is presented like a pyramid scheme/MLM where Kahan works his way up and into more and more influential circles by closing meetings with local people by requesting referrals from the "most influential people you know." Let me say two things, unequivocally:
1. Kahan wasted the time of City Council and the money of Baltimore taxpayers by being granted an audience at City Hall. When asked what his end game was, Kahan requested $10 MILLION dollars as a show of good faith from the City to indicate "skin in the game." But when asked to present his plan, City Council was given the power point equivalent of "I don't want you to steal my plan, so I can only tell you if you give me the $10M" (withholding vital information about how you will [financially] benefit until after you've paid to join is a HALLMARK feature of MLMs, Pyramid Shcemes, and Scientology). 2. Kahan is not a friend of Baltimore. He's not from here, and his plan is the equivalent of a fortune cookie fortune: he's issuing such vague outlines that they can mean anything to anyone.
Give this podcast a listen. Richard Yeagley has done a great job telling the story of this latter day Lyle Lanley who breezed into our City to sell us all a faulty monorail.
Whether I agree with his "Source's" assessment that Kahan is actually an FBI informant is up for discussion, but I do know that Kahan is just the latest in a long line of con-artists looking to capitalize on the last gasps of hope that some Baltimoreans are wasting on him: that a charismatic knight in shining armor will ride in on a dark horse and save us from urban decay.
Baltimore, we don't need some false messiah. We need to get our hands dirty and get over the idea that there's some Get Rich Quick solution that will fix all of our problems.
The podcast is called “Town of the Big House,” and the first episode is up now on WYPR/NPR. #THEBMORECREATIVES #baltimorevseverybody