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Fearless WaPo Writer Braves the Wilds of Baltimore

6 Written by: | Friday, Feb 22, 2013 8:25am

The Station North Arts and Entertainment District, one of the "middle" neighborhoods cited in the study.

People, seriously. Have you read this travel article in the Washington Post? Let me sum up. A writer is assigned an article on Baltimore. He begins by detailing his biases against the city, which he has cobbled together from The Wire, a Randy Newman song, an Onion headline, and his distaste for John Waters.

But then, as you’d expect, he travels here and realizes it’s not so bad, sort of. He appreciates the easy parking and how cheap everything is. The article ends like this: “I wouldn’t want to live there, but what a place to explore.” We’ll really miss him.

The best part might be the writer’s sojourn into Station North, where he finds “a self-conscious celebration of the intersection between grit and hip going on here — look how authentic we are, the neighborhood’s new arrivals seem to be saying.” What?! He even compares Bohemian Coffee House to “an indie film set.” Double What?!

He does like Woodberry Kitchen, whose food “transcends the city’s identity crisis.” But of course he can’t help but condescendingly diagnose us as he praises.

Whatever. It’ll get a lot of clicks, I’m sure.

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  • ChrisB

    Most of his negative snark looks like he was last in Baltimore in 2002, and has not paid attention since. What a moron.

  • Greg

    whoa whoa whoa, there’s a pinball museum in Baltimore and I can get unlimited play for one price?????

  • Marion Winik

    love this post.

  • janjamm

    I loved this comment posted at the article in WaPo: “Man, this guy mischaracterizes Baltimore. For starters, he falls into the trap of thinking the kitsch and beehives are for anyone other than the tourists. Second of all, he gets the art scene completely wrong. I mean, maybe the Post’s white jazz-listening readership want to hear about An die Musik, but it has nothing to do with the music scene here. I’ve never heard of that band in the Bohemian Coffee House. It sounds like he was just listening to amateur coffee house music. Also, Minas will definitely disappoint any DC people who make it a destination.

    This guy sounds like an old person, the way he talks about parking. Also? DC is not even in the same world as Baltimore. Dive bars there feel like a super rich robot tried to replicate the feel of a place you’d find in Baltimore . H Street? Super fake. This guys sucks.”

  • Betty

    Especially considering that there are many WaPo reporters who live in Baltimore…couldn’t one of them have written this?

  • P. McAneny

    I quite enjoy the D.C. people who knock Baltimore.. They just don’t get it. Balt. is a Real city with all sorts of safe comfortable neighborhoods to live in. I suggest he read Bob Keith’s book onBalt,,The Nat. Anthem cam from Balt. Ah, the civil war truly started here at Canton STation, I believe.. The first Submarine (that Worked) was out of Balt, We beat them in almost every sport..Balt. has its own lang. Can’t say that bout DC because very few people are originally from there.. Could go on and on.



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