OUR BAL­TI­MORE

Read­ers share their ver­sions of Charm City.

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

AMY DAVIS/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Vol­un­teer Myron Hig­gins, left, and Wayne Paige, right, helped get the the Wood­bourne McCabe Safe Streets site ready for its of­fi­cial open­ing.

JERRY JACK­SON/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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 .

SHUTTERSTO­CK

Get out your walk­ing shoes when vis­it­ing Bal­ti­more, which has plenty of places to visit for both food­ies and his­tory buffs.

BAR­BARA HADDOCK TAY­LOR/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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.

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