September 26, 2012
Let's face it: Charm City can be a strange place. That's one of the reasons we like it so much. From toilet races in Hampden to hilariously lewd bathroom signs, Baltimore has a quirky sensibility few other cities can match. View the photo gallery We rounded up more than a dozen photos of weird and funny Baltimore sights for a photo essay we're calling Only in Baltimore. If you have odd Baltimore photos you want to send us, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also submit photos via Twitter and Instagram by tagging them with #onlyinbaltimore and @baltimoresun.
May 21, 2010
I very much enjoyed Frank Roylance's column relating the fate of the duck and her chicks crossing the busy roads of rush hour Baltimore and the parallels with the classic story by Robert McCloskey in Boston. The story was read to me as a child, and decades later I read it to my children who also enjoyed both the Boston and Baltimore versions. (They also liked the '50s era film version shown at the Pratt one Saturday morning.) When visiting Boston two years ago, I was crossing the Public Garden to meet an old friend for dinner and happened across the commemorative sculptures of the mother duck and ducklings that commemorate Mr. McCloskey's story.
December 29, 2009
Yeah! Finally someone (Mary Carole McCauley) wrote about the wonderful graffiti in Baltimore ("Making their mark," Dec. 27) - especially being able to do it without breaking the law! Going back and forth to New York on the train, one can see lots of great lettering along the tracks - I've often shown this to my grandchildren, mentioning that if only someone could get these people into an art school, they would probably "bloom" and do good works. And, thanks to Sherwin Mark and Karly Fae Hansen for promoting a place where Baltimoreans and tourists can enjoy the works of these talented people.
March 28, 2012
Areas south and west of Baltimore are at risk of potentially severe thunderstorms this afternoon. All of central Maryland is under a hazardous weather advisory to look out for storms, according to the National Weather Service's Sterling, Va., office. But there is a particular risk of damaging hail and heavy winds south and west of the city. The best chance for those conditions is between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Stay tuned for any thunderstorm watches or warnings issued later.
July 3, 2013
Your recent report on shootings in Baltimore highlighted the tragic violence afflicting our city ("Deadly summer," June 30). From the leadership shown by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, however, it is obvious our leaders are not in crisis mode working to combat this frightening turn of events. When The Sun tracked down the mayor at a convention in Las Vegas, she provided a less than accurate comparison of our city's violence to that of other major cities. I hope her trip was were restful, because now is the time to get into crisis mode.
August 7, 2013
Baltimore police are investigating an overnight shooting in the Greenmount West neighborhood. At 2:20 a.m., police say, a man walked into Union Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his right leg. The man told police that he was in the 1400 block of Guilford Avenue when an unknown suspect approached him while he was seated in his vehicle, fired one shot and fled. Central District detectives are investigating and have no suspects. The shooting was the only reported incident of violent crime after Tuesday's "National Night Out," which was celebrated across the nation and city with parades and barbecues as a way to strengthen community bonds and empower residents to take back their streets from drugs and crime.
January 29, 2014
Just what the Hons of Hampden wanted to hear -- more proof that yuppies have commandeered the neighborhood. According to a poll conducted by Gawker , Hampden has been voted Baltimore's equivalent of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Let's see.... Hand poured cups of single source coffee? Check Charcuterie dangling from the ceiling? Check Cloth diapers and woven wraps for babywearing? Check Faux-old fashion barber shop with a straight razor shave? Check A Belgian beer bar in the former Red Man's Hall?
July 1, 2013
While perusing an urban planning website recently from my office here in Honolulu, I learned with great sadness that the iconic and unique Baltimore Formstone building material is to be banned under new city design guidelines. Having lived my early adult years in Mount Vernon on St. Paul Street after a stint overseas in the Peace Corps in the mid-1990's, I have fond memories of Charm City, its quirky eccentricities, its incredible people and its unbelievable neighborhoods. No other streetscape better identifies Baltimore to the outside world than a block of Formstone-clad row houses with their scrubbed white stoops and sprinkled with a few painted screens throughout.
August 22, 2013
Twenty shootings in 80 hours - and the week is still young ( "Fatal Pigtown shooting brings city count to 20 in 80 hours," Aug. 20). Did I miss the mayor's press conference in which she and the police commissioner appear on stage together with a plan to assure citizens that everything in their power is being done to stop this senseless warfare? James B. Astrachan
September 27, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has a bold plan to increase the number of families in Baltimore by 10,000 during this decade, reversing a trend of population decline in Maryland's largest city. The mayor sees this plan as a "collective effort. " As dean of the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore (and a recent transplant to the city), I embrace this plan and understand its call to civic action for all of us who are proud to call this amazing city our home. I would like to join this conversation by offering a few ideas about how we, Baltimore residents, can help.