Does Federal Hill smell different than Mount Washington, Belair-Edison, Harlem Park or Dunbar-Broadway?
Last month, we posted about a classic rowhouse in Roland Park — and received a slew of comments from folks objecting to the neighborhood designation. (The house was at 39th St. and Beech Ave., which is technically a part of the Roland Park Historic District, but more closely associated with Hampden, according to our intrepid readers.) And remember when some folks tried to rechristen beloved Pigtown as blander-but-more-expensive-sounding “Washington Village”? Now you can add another neighborhood rebranding effort to the list: The East Baltimore neighborhood known as Middle East is being referred to as “Eager Park” in new marketing materials — and the renaming attempt is making some residents hopping mad.
Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods. Including neighborhoods that you may have never heard of before. (Morrell Park, anyone?) A good way to realize that you don’t know your own city as well as you might’ve thought is to try and play “Click That Hood,” an online geography matching game that asks you to identify random Baltimore neighborhoods (or you can be nuts and go for all 56 city regions recognized by Google). It took me 2 minutes and I got most of them wrong. How about you?
Baltimore, I think I have found your biggest fan. Her name is Rebecca Murphy and she describes her devotion to the city as “bordering on the weird.”
“I love every last bit of it, I mean, I am still a die hard Orioles fan.” Enough said.
Rebecca’s passion for the city is not all lip service either, she works as director of special projects in the Mayors’s office (“it means I can be doing a different job every day”) and counts being engaged in improving the city as one of her greatest joys.
When you get to know Rebecca it is easy to see where all that passion for her hometown comes from. Her Baltimore roots run deep. The mother of two and Bryn Mawr and Western alum is a fourth-generation Baltimorean (her father is acclaimed attorney Billy Murphy) with a rich family tradition, a tradition where food took center stage. “My grandmother would ‘bring it’ for family dinners every Sunday,” she says. So it’s no surprise that when Rebecca talks about her restaurant picks, her focus is simple: good food and good people.
- Greenspring Valley
- Inner Harbor
- Mt. Washington
- Roland Park
UPDATED TO REFLECT ACTIVITY 7/4/2012 ONLY
Fourth of July firework displays and parades abound today. Take the time to get outdoors and enjoy your friends and neighbors. (Take your mind off the power outages and storm damage too!)
The list of firework displays below comes from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and includes the organizations that have received permits to display fireworks tonight and tomorrow night. Some of the firework displays are private — the country clubs, for sure — but if you can find a spot nearby, you can enjoy the spectacle, too.
If we have left out your neighborhood parade, please let us know at [email protected] and we will add it to the parade list.
Our team at Baltimore Fishbowl will be enjoying a relaxed work schedule tomorrow so we can spend the day with family and friends, too.
Fireworks – July 4
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
401 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Catonsville High School (rain date: July 7)
421 Bloomsbury Avenue, Catonsville 21228
Fullerton Park (rain date: July 5)
4304 Fullerton Avenue, Baltimore 21236
Grange Elementary School (rain date: July 6)
2000 Church Road, Dundalk 21222
Greenspring Valley Hunt Club (rain date: July 5)
30 Greenspring Valley Road, 21117
Loch Raven Tech Academy (rain date: July 5)
8101 LaSalle Road, Baltimore 21286
Oregon Ridge Park (rain date: July 5)
13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville 21030