Edgar Allan Poe and his legacy will be lost to Baltimore if funding cannot be found to keep Poe's house open and in repair. City officials say that they do not have sufficient funds to pay the salary of the executive director of the Poe association, who is also the custodian of Poe House.
The Sun reported a year or so ago that a group of Philadelphians wanted to remove Poe's body from his grave at Westminster Hall and bring him to Philadelphia. Fortunately that did not happen. Annual activities at Westminster Hall are beneficial educational and social events as well as sources of revenue for the city. Patrons of the arts, who attend Poe events frequent Baltimore restaurants before or afterward. I personally leave over $100 at my favorite restaurant. I buy gasoline on my way home, and I pay for parking my car. Poe related books, clothing, etc., are sold at Poe events, and sales taxes add to the state coffers.