‘How do we love thee, Bal­ti­more? Let us count the ways’

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Ahead of our Valen­tine’s Day happy hour on Feb. 13, our team re­flected on all the things we love about our beau­ti­ful city and what it might have looked like if a cer­tain Vic­to­rian poet wrote a love poem for Bal­ti­more. We’ve de­cided it might have gone a lit­tle some­thing like this:

How do we love thee, Bal­ti­more? Let us count the ways.

We love thee for the arts and cul­ture and con­nec­tions

Our res­i­dents reach, af­ter spend­ing time with their neigh­bors on the street.

For the stoop­ing and block par­ties and even the lawn chair space savers.

We love thee to the level of a per­fect chicken box.

“Salt­pep­per­ketchup,” freshly fried. We love thee freely, as our sta­di­ums lights shine so bright.

We love thee purely, de­spite our city’s chal­lenges.

We love thee with pas­sion for the diver­sity on our blocks and with child­hood’s faith.

We love thee with a love pro­claimed by our au­thors and ar­ti­sans.

Through smiles, tears or laugh­ter; and, if John Wa­ters so chooses,

We shall but love thee bet­ter with age.

Mar­garita Cambest, sub­mit­ted on be­half of staff at Live Bal­ti­more

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