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Do you know Baltimore?  Which Baltimore? For, Baltimore is certainly a city of polarities.  The shadows, the light. Wealth, stealth. Courage, cowardice. Sacrifice, selfishness. Love and hate. The insiders, and those left at the gate. Damage and repair. Hope and despair.  Sick and well.  Heaven and Hell.

       Sunday morning at the market. Discerning shoppers select the best!

                        Two blocks north.
     People take what the soup kitchen dishes out.   
  

 

  "I believe in America because in it we are free....Because we are blessed with a natural and varied abundance. Because we have great dreams and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true. " W.L.Wilkie  

A stately home facing Sherwood Gardens
                Two blocks east, on Greenmount Ave....

The "developer" of the 3200 block St. Paul tore down old homes on both sides of street. Homes on W.side were in good shape. East side was gentrified, yuppified. Money dried up. West side of street, formerly a block of attractive homes, is now a barren lot.

3200 blk St Paul- Starbucks, sidewalk cafes,
"Village Lofts".
           3200 blk. St. Paul - homes no more!
"Home is between the pages of a book." E. Hermes

"No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet gracious discourse of my book friends." Helen Keller

Barnes and Noble and Borders ate up the  independents.   Off 30th and Greenmount the price is right - free!

Home sweet home!But best not to be elderly, vulnerable! Left-Oaken Shaw. Late one night, a brilliant elderly  professor, Dr. McClain, returned from an evening at the ballet and was mugged on the porch of his Oakenshaw home.RIP.Southway. A former resident was driven from her home after a violent home invasion.

Formerly, downtown Baltimore

"Time wastes things away,and all things grow old through time." Aristotle

       Howard and Franklin Streets      Along Howard Street
"The soul's dark cottage, battered and decay'd,

Lets in new light through chinks that time has made."

Edmond Waller

 

Now, it is not cost-effective to operate a movie theater that has fewer than 20 screens!
The Stanley and Mayfair theatres are long gone                      Still Another Possibility 
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In Mount Vernon, downtown "drops off" where Mulberry St. and Franklin St. end,just east of Charles St. The streets morph   into the ominous Orleans Street Bridge. If a driver fails to turn before the bridge looms before her, she will be catapulted completely out of downtown. into a very different part of the city. Conversely, if one's destination is East Baltimore, the bridge is a good way to get there.

     Venerable restaurant on East Franklin St. just   before......           .......the Orleans Street Bridge.
 
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."(James Madison)
The Council of Trent might disagree......
    ....but I pray for unity through diversity. Baltimore is a wonderfully diverse city. Everyone has something to learn from everyone else.