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Guy In Charge of Fixing Cities Admits He Hasn’t

August 2, 2019

Guy In Charge of Fixing Cities Admits He Hasn't

Retired neurosurgeon and noted pyramid expert Ben Carson, President Trump’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has a perfect record at HUD — he’s done absolutely nothing. HUD is also charged with enforcing the Fair Housing Act, which Dr. Carson has diagnosed as “communist.”

Ben Carson MD once worked for a living at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, so he could authoritatively echo President Trump’s description of that ivy-infested hellhole. Of course, he commuted to Hopkins from his palatial home in leafy Upperco, Maryland. As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Carson has felt duty-bound to increase his own supply of housing, and has acquired additional estates in Vienna, Virginia and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

In a move reminiscent of his own gaffe-prone 2016 campaign, Dr. Carson showed up unannounced for a press event at a Baltimore church and was miffed to be shunted into an alley. Guess that physician “God Complex” survived retirement. In any case, the Trump Administration’s dubious claims about investing in Baltimore rest on the so-called Opportunity Zone scheme, tax incentive payoffs to the developers gentrifying Charm City.

More:

“Ben Carson says as a pediatric neurosurgeon, he hesitated to send children back to ‘infested’ homes in Baltimore,” John Wagner, Washington Post

“Baltimore Church Gives Ben Carson the Boot As He Scrambles to Demonstrate What He’s Done for That City Lately,” Dara Sharif, The Root

“Ben Carson defends Trump, compares Baltimore to cancer patient,” Katy O’Donnell, Politico

“‘Not my Baltimore’: In Cummings’s district, a rich tapestry of problems and gems,” Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post

“Why your city should imitate Baltimore. (Yes, we said Baltimore.),” Philip Bane, Smart Cities Council

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Mr. Trash Wheel

March 9, 2018

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor features 10 museums, 5 historic ships, a sports complex, concert halls, an aquarium, restaurants, bars, and shopping, but everyone wants to see Mr. Trash Wheel. The floating water wheel has collected millions of stares, hundreds of Twitter followers, and 1,490,960 pounds of trash since May 2014, including 703,799 chip bags and 9,857,900 cigarette butts.

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Baltimore

April 23, 2016

“Baltimore,” written and played by Prince, with vocals by Eryn Allen Kane. Released in advance of Prince’s 2015 Rally 4 Peace in memory of Freddie Gray. Video by Ralston Smith.

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Baltimore

May 11, 2015

“Nobody got in nobody’s way
So I guess you could say
It was a good day
At least a little better than the day in Baltimore”

— Prince

More:

“Prince Is Dropping a Song, Guitar Solo for Baltimore,” Asawin Suebsaeng, Daily Beast

“Prince takes the stage for ‘Rally 4 Peace’ show in Baltimore,” Lacey Johnson, Reuters
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Baltimore: Hard Times in the City

April 29, 2015

“Baltimore,” written in 1977 by LA’s Randy Newman, performed here by Jamaica’s Tamlins (Carlton Smith, Junior Moore, and Derrick Lara) in this 1979 recording produced by Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

“Good people hide their faces
And they hide their eyes
’cause the city is dying
And they don’t know why.”

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Bosley of Baltimore

August 29, 2014

Charm City’s Bosley Brown doesn’t perform in the park much anymore. His band is pretty busy packing the dance floor.

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Baltimore Artscape, Hon!

July 19, 2013

Baltimore Artscape, Hon!

It’s that time again. Visit Charm City for 13 blocks of aesthetic experience. July 19 to 21, 2013. Free.

32nd Annual Artscape, Baltimore, Maryland. Festival website here.

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DC’s Pinball Museum Moves to Baltimore

September 3, 2011

DC's Pinball Museum Moves to Baltimore

The National Pinball Museum is being bounced from its Georgetown Park location, but it’s flipping up to Baltimore. Look for an official announcement soon and a Charm City museum opening in November.

 What it means for you: Free Game! More accurately, free museum admission today through Monday.

National Pinball Museum
The Shops at Georgetown Park
3222 M St NW
(corner of M St NW and Wisconsin Ave NW)
Washington D.C.

Saturday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday & Monday (Labor Day) 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM

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What’s New in Baltimore: Zappa

September 18, 2010

What's New in Baltimre: Zappa

Hey! What’s new in Baltimore?
Better go back and find out.
– Frank Vincent Zappa, “What’s New in Baltimore?”

Musician and composer Frank Zappa (1940-1993) was born in Baltimore, spending boyhood years in a Park Heights Avenue row house and at nearby Edgewood  Arsenal. His family moved to California in 1952, but Charm City is honoring its native son with a statute from Lithuania. There will also be free performances and a symposium at this weekend’s sculpture dedication.

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Zappa Returns to Baltimore, Via Vilnius

March 24, 2009

Zappa Returns to Baltimore, Via Vilnius

Hey! What’s new in Baltimore?
Better go back and find out.
— Frank Vincent Zappa, “What’s New in Baltimore?”

Musician and composer Frank Zappa (1940-1993) was born in Baltimore, and spent boyhood years in a Park Heights Avenue row house and at nearby Edgewood  Arsenal. His family moved to California in 1952, but Charm City plans to honor its native son with a statute from Lithuania, which will be placed somewhere in Fell’s Point.

Lithuania? Did Mr. Zappa visit that Baltic land or have kinfolk there? Nope. It turns out that young revolutionaries in the capital city of Vilnius adopted the music of FZ as a symbol of freedom:

We never saw Zappa, but nobody ever saw God, and they still go to church. Lithuania is a nation of mythology, legends and fairy tales. Everything is mystified. People believe really quickly, and one of the myths is that independence is good for everyone, with no exceptions. That’s why, in such an environment, the Zappa seeds were so successfully planted.
Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian musician, quoted by Adam B. Ellick in Rolling Stone.

After the fall of the USSR, grateful Lithuanian patriots erected a statue of the inspirational Mr. Zappa in the hip Užupis neighborhood of Vilnius which, except for a medieval monastery or two, seems a lot like today’s Fell’s Point. 

The statue, a representation of Frank Zappa’s head by sculptor Konstantinas Bogdanas, is on a tall thin column. A duplicate of this 15-foot-tall artwork, purchased by Lithuanian admirers, will be shipped to Baltimore, (the city will pay for crating, shipping, and installation).  The sculpture looks a bit like a huge parking meter, the kind Fell’s Point is phasing out. The exact site for the statue has yet to be determined.

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