Brace Yourselves, Baltimore May Be Getting a New Slogan

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Francis Scott Key watches the American flag rise over Fort McHenry. Painting by Percy  Moran, 1931. Picture via the National Parks Service.
Francis Scott Key watches the American flag rise over Fort McHenry. Painting by Percy Moran, 1931. Picture via the National Parks Service.

Baltimore’s most recent city slogan (introduced in 2011) is “Baltimore: A Great Place to Grow.” I had no idea. I thought it was “Find Your Happy Place in Baltimore.” Apparently that was from 2010, and it was introduced by Visit Baltimore. By the way, isn’t finding one’s happy place a trick for staying calm in a high-stress situation, like, say, a mugging?

No matter, we’re past all that! The Baltimore Sun reports that City Councilman James B. Kraft will introduce legislation today to create a new city slogan that “celebrate[s] Baltimore’s essential link to our national anthem.” The Sun implies that the slogan would be “Baltimore — Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner.”

Well, unlike some past slogans it has cold hard accuracy going for it.  But it’s digging pretty deep into our past to come up with something worth touting. “Baltimore — Poe Died Here” would be more up to date.

I do like the ring of “Anthem City,” as one commenter suggested, but “Slogan City” might be more apt. In 2006, the Christian Science Monitor took a look at our past mottoes — as well as some choice parodies — and, man, there are a lot of ’em!

 



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  1. Nobody here really cares about the star spangled banner. If you change it, make it meaningful! Or a joke! But to disrespect our citizens by choosing a slogan that commemorates 200 years ago says what I’ve been saying for years about our leadership here- they have no vision and little creativity.

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