Executive Director’s Letter
February 26, 2013
Wash Post Travel Writer Gives Baltimore a “Perfect 10” for Parking!
Under a thick veneer of disdain, Post travel writer Marc Fisher wrote about Baltimore last week and gave us a resounding “meh.” To be fair, he did manage to expand his horizons beyond the typical tourist stops. Beneath his posing, snarky condescension he grudgingly acknowledged Hampden, Minas, Trinacria, the Bromo Seltzer Tower, Bohemian Coffee Shop—all great representatives of Baltimore’s best.
But it was laughable to read a Washingtonian question this city’s authenticity and his assertion that wide, white men are typical Baltimoreans. Then again, what do we expect from a guy who thinks rooting for the Yankees in Camden Yards is some kind of badge of honor? (Really? Not even a Nats fan?)
Let’s scratch beneath the surface of this exercise in intellectual self-congratulation (and excitement about parking) and celebrate that even this hater couldn’t deny the heart and soul of our amazing cultural community. Standing in contrast to Fisher’s smug predisposition to judge, Post photographer Katherine Frey’s images of Charm City feel like a warm embrace. If you check out the photo gallery, just don’t read the captions!
From Baltimore and loving it,