Hampden’s 34th Street Christmas display is famous not only locally, but world-wide as well. For decades, the lights (and animatronic reindeer and Santa Claus in a Ravens jersey and sculptures made out of scrap metal) have brought joy (and traffic) to Hampden. But this year, the lights may go dark for the first time in 70 years.
34th Street residents are considering leaving the lights off this year in protest against a recent uptick in violent crime in the area, as the Baltimore Sun reports. (However, the Sun notes that while burglaries are up 33 percent this year in Hampden, robberies and aggravated assaults are actually down.)
So far, the 34th Street residents seem to be presenting the light-less Christmas as more of a threat than a real possibility. It’s also unclear what they want from the city, other than “attention.” Well, they’re certainly getting that!
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