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  • Star Spangling

    I feel like I’ve been star-spangled celebrating since I arrived in Baltimore three years ago. My first bike ride was out to Fort McHenry where I found myself actually tearing up a little at the Visitor’s Center film. That part where the star-spangled banner is waving and the song is playing and then the screen rises slowly to expose a view of the Star-Spangled Banner waving out over the fort? Even my deeply cynical heart can melt a bit, at least until I start to remember the terrible shit that’s been done in the name of patriotism and war. Then I started researching the War of 1812 for a book project about Baltimore museums, and suddenly I knew more about the War of 1812 than 99 percent of people I know. Lo and behold, I was leading bicycle tours of historic sites related to the war and writing blogs about the Battle Monument and Fort McHenry and co-writing a water ballet about the war and pretty much annoying all of my friends and neighbors with War of 1812 factoids. I was deep in it, sunk down in the details, and by the time the big celebration weekend came around, I was, frankly, War of 1812-ed OUT.
  • Tourist Attractions

    Tourist Attractions
    Beware getting too attached to Baltimore, as doing so may ruin your love of anyplace else. It happened famously to the late poet Ogden Nash, who, in explaining why he and his wife cut short their Manhattan residency to return to her hometown, wrote,...

    Best Bad Prediction

    North Calvert and East Fayette streets Battle Monument was erected to honor Baltimore’s 39 fallen in the War of 1812, with friezes dedicated to both the Battle of North Point and the Battle of Baltimore. It was paid for by the citizens of the...

    Best Pub Crawl What with the tall ships, the Blue Angels, and the fireworks involved with the Star-Spangled Spectacular, the all-out celebration of the national anthem’s bicentennial in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, one could be...

    Wandering Eye: Do Buddha statues prevent crime?, the Ebola pandemic, and cracking down on public art

    Wandering Eye: Do Buddha statues prevent crime?, the Ebola pandemic, and cracking down on public art
    San Francisco Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson has a story about how a crime-ridden block in Oakland, since 2009, when a resident placed a Buddha statue in a median strip there, has seen a precipitous decline in crime. "People stopped dumping garbage....