Baltimore: a city where diversity is a way of life When...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 26, 2001

Baltimore: a city where diversity is a way of life

When I moved to Baltimore from New York City in 1988, I was struck by an unusual similarity between the two cities - their diversity.

We Baltimoreans are lucky to have such a wealth of cultures and people of differing heritage.

So how about: "Baltimore, Where Diversity is a Way of Life."

Rosalind Ellis, Baltimore

Baltimore believes in its rich, diverse heritage and does not attempt to homogenize the varied cultures and ethnic groups it embraces.

Baltimore believes in its ability to meet the challenges presented to it.

Baltimore is indeed a "City that Believes in Itself," which is my nomination for a slogan.

Anne S. Hanne, Arendtsville, Pa.

"Baltimore: Where everyone is important."

The people of Baltimore are unique and have something special they offer. Diversity is important; this is what helps bring charm to Baltimore.

If you live in Baltimore, take a seat and feel important.

Vicki A. Taffe, Baltimore

Baltimore should be known as "The City of Festivals."

Baltimore is a reflection of its people and nowhere does this become more evident than in our city's celebrations.

The city-wide ethnic festivals give citizens knowledge and insight into the culture of others.

Joel M. Hamilton, Leonardtown

A city that truly cares

I think the slogan should read: "The City that Cares," because the city has so many people who look out for each other.

Here in Baltimore, that's just how we are. I love my city.

Lisa Lewis, Baltimore

This says it all: "Baltimore Cares about You."

Gerald B. Hall, Bel Air

I propose: "Be more, Baltimore: Caring, Working, Growing for Tomorrow."

Our sense of community and shared values are important sources of Baltimore's uniqueness and desirability. We care for what we have and will work to make it even better in the future.

Andrew C. Lemer, Baltimore

Is this the jewel of the Chesapeake ...

With hard work, Baltimore can become "The Greatest City in America."

Until then, why not build upon our current strengths and become, "Baltimore: The Jewel of the Chesapeake!"

Merle Seagull, Baltimore

My entries for a new slogan:

"Bodacious Baltimore: Peaked on the Chesapeake!"

"Peak of the Chesapeake"

Paul McHugh, Crownsville

... or a city that badly needs help

Considering what one reads in the paper and hears on the street - another murder, incompetent police actions, schools without libraries and library branches closing, uncollected trash in many areas - the slogan should be "Baltimore, the City that Needs Help."

E. Meredith Reid, Baltimore

I don't believe the slogan on our bus benches should read "The Greatest City in America."

How great can we be when our children are dying on the streets, in the schools?

The slogan should read, "Help Save Our Children, Stop The Violence." Then, maybe we can become a great city.

Kathleen Muth, Baltimore

I propose: "Baltimore, Maryland's Most Historic Ruin."

Robert A. Erlandson, Towson

Baltimore must stop the bleeding

My husband and I are former city residents, who moved to the suburbs when we decided city schools would not meet the goals we set for our children's education.

During that time, Baltimore led the country in births to unmarried teens.

We were among those cynics who believed that former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's slogan "The City That Reads" should have read, "The City That Breeds."

Now it is Mayor Martin O'Malley's misfortune to be leading Baltimore during a period in which homicide recurs as the leading plague.

Until he and Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris are able to reverse that trend, perhaps the bus bench slogan should read, "The City That Bleeds."

Danette Hare, Forest Hill

Not the greatest of cities, but better than you think

As a person who has lived and worked in some of the greatest cities in America but now lives in Cockeysville and works in Baltimore, "The Greatest City in America" just makes me giggle.

But how about John Waters' line "Come to Baltimore and Be Shocked" or the Baltimore Opera's "It's better than you think"?

Cheryl Cohen, Cockeysville

A city composed of friendly folks

To be useful, a theme must also be believable. When I wrote "Charm City" for a Baltimore tourism campaign, I knew it would become part of the language because it was true and it was believable.

Later, I wrote another theme for the city, this time for a tourism campaign not to attract visitors but to motivate the people of Baltimore to send the influx of visitors attracted to Baltimore by the Inner Harbor restoration home with the message that Baltimore was a friendly city.

The theme was: "Show the world what Baltimore is made of. Nice people."

It worked because it was believable, because it asked something of Baltimoreans and because they responded by living up to the promise in the theme by going out of their way to be friendly and helpful to visitors to our city.

It gave Baltimoreans a sense of pride in being characterized as something as simple (and powerful) as being "nice."

This theme would be just as appropriate for the city today as it was then.

Bill Evans, Grasonville

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