Charm City, Part 1

Swampboy and I were invited recently by Rose and Jose to visit the town that brought us David Byrne, John Waters, Ira Glass and Frank Zappa — Baltimore.

Here’s what I saw:

Lexington Market, which has been a Baltimore presence since 1782.

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The neighborhood has gone downhill, which accounts for the interesting signage in the bathrooms and various vendors:

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We had amazing crabcakes at Faidley’s. They have signs hanging from the ceiling that say “Forget Viagra: Eat Oysters!”

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Then stopped by Housewerks, for some architectural salvage:

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It is housed in Bayard Station, the old Chesapeake Gas Works valve house built in the late 1880s. I’m not sure what I loved more — the stuff inside or the building itself.

Next post: Charm City, Part 2 and the amazing Visionary Arts Museum.

But, tonight I have a date with poet Mary Oliver at Smith College. I am out of my mind with excitement!!

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1 Response to “Charm City, Part 1”


  1. 1 susanna October 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Oh cool! That Housewerks is my kind of place! Did you buy anything?


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