Tag: 2013

2013 in Baltimore Women

Via Somaroy
Via Somaroy

2013 was the year that caused BFB’s very own Marion Winik to ponder the “new Katy Perry kind of feminism.” Below, a few of the biggest moments for Baltimore women that took place over the past 12 months.

+After the Walters named Julia Marciari-Alexander as its new director, the three major art museums in Baltimore were each helmed by a woman. How’s that for leaning in?

+We learned that Baltimore is one of the best cities in the nation for singles… but also the fourth-worst spot for single women. Wait, what?

My Baltimore Heroes of 2013



A lot of absurd and ridiculous things went down in Baltimore this year — but a lot of encouraging, awesome, or otherwise inspirational things happened, too — sometimes in the most surprising places. When I looked back over our posts for 2013, here are the Baltimoreans who inspired me most:

+The Charles Village residents who attempted to single-handedly take on Baltimore’s biggest aesthetic menace:  the man-woman statue.

+The brains behind West Baltimore’s floating isolation tank — an unlikely spot for an unforgettable experience.

+The Ravens, duh. For so many reasons. And Ravens fans, of course.

In Case You Missed “Baby New Year” in Hampden

Hampden's Baby New Year Bob Hosler flanked by Margaret Baird (left) and Kathy Flann (right)
Hampden’s Baby New Year, Bob Hosier, flanked by Margaret Baird (left) and Kathy Flann (right), plus unidentified photo bomber — all photos by Howard Yang

In case you missed New Year’s Eve on 34th Street this year — in case you’ve possibly never attended the loud, crowded and festive disco-ball-dropping ceremony — here’s a quick photo tour. Above, beloved Hampden resident Bob Hosier, 56, who’s been strapping on a big-boy diaper, a monster pacifier and bonnet, and parading his block to mark the moment of each New Year’s arrival, since 1988.

New Year’s Resolutions for Baltimore



In 2012, Baltimore was judged “cool” (by Forbes), “smart” (Newsweek), and good for singles (Kiplinger). Maryland was the most enterprising state in the nation, and UMD boasted the country’s most popular president. Sure, we make fun of these statistics-driven rankings, but we also appreciate them for what they are — a vague indication of where we are now, and a sense of what we still have to improve. (In the “needs improvement” column, it should be noted that Maryland is also  “kinda fat” and possibly corrupt.)