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Free Fall: Baltimore Museum of Industry’s Free Sundays

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Baltimore Museum of Indusrty Free Fall

We know. The words, “Museum of Industry” don’t exactly scream funnest day ever. Maybe the museum needs a name-make-over? On the other hand, the Baltimore Museum of Industry really is just that—a museum about the rise and history of local industry—something our city has a lot to say about. And perhaps because there is so much history and richness there, it really is a great museum. It’s surprisingly fun for kids (as any attendee of the Baltimore City schools can tell you), and legitimately interesting for adults. The pictures and exhibits help visitors picture Baltimore as it was not-too-long ago, and put themselves in the shoes of those who worked in the mills and factories that shaped the town we call home today. Plus, Halloween is around the corner and the current special exhibition is about the Baltimore-manufactured (well, until 1966) Ouija Board. We’re calling that a coincidence to spooky to ignore. For one more week, as a part of Free Fall Baltimore, the museum is offering free admission on Sundays—a great opportunity to check out this local gem.

 For information about hours, location, and exhibits, visit www.thebmi.org

Maryland Poised to Be Major Player in Ever-Expanding Drone Industry

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Maryland is on the cusp of welcoming full-blown casinos into the state, but a far more morally questionable industry has been fomenting here for a while now. Turns out, Maryland already boasts “two dozen” businesses that work on unmanned drone aircraft, and our odd collection of resources poises us to come out on top in the burgeoning weaponized-roomba-with-wings industry.

Baltimore: Number Three "Metroversity" in the U.S.

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Pittsburgh and steel; Los Angeles and the movies — many American cities are defined by the industries that shape them. And while in Baltimore that may have once meant shipping and port activities, these days we’re a university city. And that’s not a bad thing at all.

In a recent survey, education expert Dr. Evan Dobelle quantified the economic impact that colleges and universities have on major metropolitan areas… and ranked the Baltimore area as the number three “metroversity” in the U.S. In other words, higher education is a huge economic force around these parts. Of course, there’s the impact of teaching and research, but consider also how the many Baltimore-area schools impact their communities through acting as community and business partners. And, according to Dobelle, students are a kind of “permanent tourist” in metroversity cities (like Baltimore), where they help boost economies that might otherwise suffer significant downturns.

The metroversity list (which is topped by Boston and Raleigh) just reinforces something that any Baltimorean who’s been paying attention already knows:  that our universities (most prominently Johns Hopkins, but the others as well) have a big impact on our city.

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