The Week in Review: Both Sides, Now

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With the holidays here, we know there’s plenty of local spots to check out. But to the outside, the reviews on Baltimore are as mixed as ever.

The week after Thanksgiving started with a stir as yet another list of cities included Baltimore among its ranks. This time, we were among the nation’s ugliest cities. Then, the U.S. News and World Report urged those with dreams of riches to avoid our foremost institution.
Well, we know where to turn to respond to charges like that. John Waters offered up a look at his favorite travel spots in the city, cementing his knack for timing yet again.
In the news, the local murder case that’s been captivating NPR and podcast lovers in Serial is coming up for appeal, and police made two arrests in connection with a rape at a Johns Hopkins frat house that’s left the university’s fraternity community under investigation.
In stories that are getting old, the Ravens lost star player Haloti Ngata after violating a league rule, and the team wasn’t happy about it. The Ravens should really take a lesson from Timmy Jernigan about how to violate the rules in style, and not get suspended.
The metro area’s spaces are once again shuffling. A new development in the mode of Belvedere Square is coming to Hampden, and a DC restaurant is popping up at one of the actual Belvedere Square’s top tenants. Outside the city, there’s hot houses to on the market in Ellicott City and Stevenson.
Finally, for your weekend reading file, a pair of seasonal reflections offer tidbits to get you through to the end of the year. Marion Winik provides a poignant way to protect your blessings, while Elizabeth Bastos accurately diagnoses Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Happy weekend, and remember to share the road with Santa while he’s out biking.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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