It’s fitting that this was the year the word “hon” officially was given back to Baltimore. (See “Best PR Move” in News) The hon represents so much about this town — its inherently friendly nature, its fierce pride in its working-class roots, its willingness to poke fun at itself and embrace all outsiders. It’s in this spirt that Baltimore has continued its awe-inspiring renaissance, one that is quirky, unique, and has spawned art, food, media, retail, and business that follows no one else’s cookie-cutter model. Our cat-eyed queen on the cover would agree: It’s a great time to be a “hon” — or a Baltimorean of any stripe.
By Suzanne Loudermilk with Carrie Oleynik and Martha Thomas
By Jess Blumberg and Amy Mulvihill
By Ken Iglehart with Jane Marion
By Hilary Geisbert with Jane Marion
By Justin Snow with Evan Serpick
By John Lewis
Over 5000 Baltimoreans voted on Baltimore's best in 2012. Here are the results.