Readers share their versions of Charm City.
Baltimore is a city with challenges – big ones.
But it’s not the hopeless place the president recently made it out to be, or the governments of Uruguay and Venezuela, which last week issued warnings against travel here. Yes, there is violence, and there is crime. There are drugs, inequity, racism and segregation. We have infrastructure issues, vacant homes, government scandals and subpar public education. We also have tight-knit communities, lush green spaces, rich history, outrageous characters, friendly neighbors, great food, creative visionaries and an unbreakable spirit. We asked readers to share their versions of Baltimore in
150 words or less and were overwhelmed with images of the city that don’t often make the headlines. We’ve compiled a selection here, with more online at baltimoresun.com/ourbaltimore, where you can also submit your own. They’ve been lightly edited for length and clarity, but the sentiment and soul of each is the author’s own.
And all of it is Baltimore – our Baltimore.
This is the start of an occasional series that explores the city through the lens of those who live and work here. Look for more “Our Baltimore” snippets in the weeks to come, as well as longer pieces from prominent Baltimoreans.
Volunteer Myron Higgins, left, and Wayne Paige, right, helped get the the Woodbourne McCabe Safe Streets site ready for its official opening.
Siblings Da’montae, 3 (from left), Mariah, 8, and My’asia Gayle, 6, of Baltimore, beat the heat in the splash pad at Eager Park near Johns Hopkins Hospital .
Get out your walking shoes when visiting Baltimore, which has plenty of places to visit for both foodies and history buffs.
Stanley Brager and his wife Dody Brager enjoy an order of oysters at Faidley’s Seafood in Lexington Market, considered among the city’s best raw bars.