One Baltimore #32, The Raid, Part 2

1/13/20 This week, the second installment of my interview with a woman whose home was raided by the Baltimore Police Department after she tried to report a dealer on her block who they seemed determined not to touch. Her story is anonymous because she was placed under a gag order as a condition of settling … Continue reading One Baltimore #32, The Raid, Part 2

One Baltimore #30, Making A Secret Life

12/30/19 I’ve been in love with the American Visionary Art Museum since I was a teenager. I remember one of the first exhibits I saw there. There was a little set of embroidered pieces showing domestic scenes and pastoral views. Lovely, but they didn’t seem like much to me until I read the placard alongside … Continue reading One Baltimore #30, Making A Secret Life

One Baltimore #29, Bringing Back the Sun

12/26/19 Apologies for the delay on this one! And happy winter holidays to all who are celebrating. 🙂 Every year, a group of dear friends and I spend the winter solstice together. I don’t have many reliable rituals in my life, but this is one I really cherish. The party starts large, then dwindles down … Continue reading One Baltimore #29, Bringing Back the Sun

One Baltimore #28, Corruption & Competence

12/16/19 Eleven years ago, I wasn’t paying much attention to city politics. I had a vague aspiration to learn more about it, and would dutifully consume an article now and then on the topic, but it was a bit much to follow. So many names and titles, so much history, so many complex issues to … Continue reading One Baltimore #28, Corruption & Competence

One Baltimore #27, Spending Ourselves

12/9/19 This column has been a mini-research-project-of-the-week for a while now… it’s satisfying to do that, but PHEW, a lot of work too, and not necessarily what I intended to be doing non-stop when I started out. One thing I’ve always liked about the column format is that it can be different from week to … Continue reading One Baltimore #27, Spending Ourselves