Hampden’s 34th Street Christmas display may be getting featured on Japanese TV, but much of the rest of the news concerning Baltimore’s most famous tacky lights display has been a real downer.
First there was residents’ threat to not illuminate their street at all unless the Baltimore Police ramped up its presence in the neighborhood. (The threat of protest came after a few high-profile robberies and assaults in the area.)
Washington Post Wall Street Journal is reporting on how hard it is to live on 34th Street, given “high public expectations, traffic jams, a parking shortage, litter and nosy visitors.” But despite the general Grinch vibe of the WSJ article, most of the Hampdenites in the article seem pretty pleased with all the attention on their neighborhood.
And I’m grateful that the WSJ article finally answers the one burning question that everyone has about the festive display: Electricity bills go up only about $20/month when the lights are on, at least according to one 34th Street-er. Not bad at all!
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