Esquire magazine ranks Baltimore as No. 25 on its list of “79 Things We Can All Agree On.” Nice. But, wait, what does that really mean?
In the story’s intro, it explains, “There are some things that, regardless of party, religion, or class, we can agree are great, lousy, true, false, beautiful, stupid, delicious, or crazy.”
Uh oh. Guess where Baltimore falls in that mix? The headline says it all: “Baltimore … Is America’s Next Great Underdog City.”
New Orleans, David Simon, and Newark, NJ, are mentioned in our section, too.
It reads: “But because its death spiral has been slow … it has continued virtually unnoticed by the rest of the country. Even Newark gets more attention. Which Baltimoreans might actually prefer. This city, even in its decay, has a sweat-soaked, beer-stained, grim-faced cool to it.”
Grim-faced cool. We can live with that. And this.
“Baltimore, a city without sentiment, without much left of its ego, deserving of our love precisely because it has never asked for it.”
Read the rest of the story on Esquire’s website.
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