BEST OF BALTIMORE 2010


Best of times...

So, OK, it hasn’t been the best year since the last time we dusted off the trusty Best of Baltimore concept. Then again, it could have been worse. The economy hasn’t really recovered, but it hasn’t gone whirling down the drain. The Gulf of Mexico was turned into an oily puddle, but at least the gushing petroleum has been stopped. Our troops face death every day in Afghanistan, but at least they’re finally getting out of Iraq. The city lost its chief executive to a corruption scandal and criminal charges, but hey, we got rid of a corrupt elected official around here for once. Of course, plenty of other things are a little harder to see in such terms. Even though the murder rate is down even from last year’s lower total, it’d be hard to say the city’s crime has a bright side. Our schools have shown improvement, but they struggle on. Still, there are some things to be excited about around these parts. The city’s arts community is vibrant—triumphant, even—in a way we’ve never seen it or even imagined it could be. The O’s are slowly digging their way out of the deep basement under new manager Buck Showalter. The city’s culinary scene is jumping. Even here, in these bad times, when it’s all too easy to succumb to some serious gloom, Baltimore is proving itself once again a resilient and surprising place to live. We’re guessing that’s mostly because of the resilient, surprising people who choose to live here. So, once again, we’re celebrating what’s unequivocally the best about our fair, flawed city (as well some more, um, equivocal things). And hey, you, the City Paper reader, are the best, and you deserve the best. We even commissioned a plush mascot, our little yellow friend Besty™, because what’s better for provoking pointless fun than a plush mascot? Nothing. That’s right. It’s the best. Detecting a theme?


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City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2010 was written by Andrea Appleton, John Barry, Raford Bussey Jr., Michael Byrne, Anna Ditkoff, Alex Ebstein, Edward Ericson Jr., Lionel Foster, Lee Gardner, Katherine Hill, Tim Hill, Henry Hong, Martin L. Johnson, Judith Leitch, Joe MacLeod, Bret McCabe, Tamara Neff, Max Robinson, Al Shipley, Van Smith, Brandon Soderberg, Joe Tropea, Wendy Ward, and Mary K. Zajac. Interns Mary Banks, Rebecca Fishbein, Jonah Furman, Emily King, Samantha Powell, Sarah Schulman, and Lauren Slavin helped will it into being, under the direction of Laura Dattaro. Michelle Gienow, Mel Guapo, Frank Hamilton, Sam Holden, Frank Klein, Christopher Myers, Rarah, Josh Sisk, and Jefferson Jackson Steele took the photographs. Readers Poll photos are by Frank Hamilton, and Readers Poll illustrations are by Alex Fine. Special thanks to A.T. Jones & Sons for Besty™, the Best and Most Ridiculous Mascot Costume ever.

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