I know Baltimore catches a lot of flak for being “dangerous” or “unsafe”. But that does not stop me from loving my hometown. I am willing to look past that simply because I, unlike other members of my family, am proud of my City of Baltimore. We have endured a lot of shit in recent years, but as far as I am concerned, most of the negativity and stigma Baltimore has surrounding it is not that well deserved…and yes, I am aware we have been voted the “Murder Capital of the US” on multiple occasions and we are currently #1 in the country for bedbugs. But I am willing to overlook those statistics because, for the most part, Baltimore natives look out for each other. Yes, we get crime like murder, arson, rape, and, if you live around where I live, unicorns robbing convenience stores on St. Patrick’s Day, but that could be any major city in America.
I think since Freddie Gray, Baltimore’s already somewhat tarnished reputation has gone downhill. People think of the negative aspects when they think of Baltimore. Take my ex’s family for example. My ex lived in Maine, and when I asked her if she wanted to come to my place in Baltimore, no joke, her family panicked. Their logic? “We’ve seen The Wire. We know all about Baltimore.” That’s sad. Baltimore is a Hell of a lot more than what you see on television. There is a lot of pride and history here. Edgar Allan Poe had his last drink here and died in the streets of Federal Hill. Francis Scott Key wrote the National Anthem thanks to the American Flag flying over Fort McHenry. Johns Hopkins Hospital is the top hospital in the country. OK, I admit that a lot of Baltimore’s history is violent and macabre, but it’s history, nonetheless.
If you want to go even further, the first Roman Catholic church in the country. That’s pretty cool. Pope John Paul II had one of the biggest crowds he had ever seen, right here in Baltimore at Camden Yards.
I, for one, am proud to be a Baltimore native. It has to be that hometown pride mentality. Despite all the negative stuff that Baltimore has endured, it has had many triumphs, as well. Some parts of Baltimore are better than others, but again, that’s any major city in America.
I think the stereotypical image people get of Baltimore is its boarded up row homes, riots, and crime. Not all of Baltimore is like this. I can attest to this fact. I have lived in Baltimore my entire life and, despite one incident of being mugged, have never had any issue. Most of the people I encounter in my great city are decent people who just go about their daily lives and, around where I live, very protective of each other and neighborly. So I want to hear from you. What is your opinion on Baltimore, or whatever city you inhabit? Thanks for reading!