People of Baltimore, Baltimore
It is important to understanding Baltimore to realize that it is the closest deep water port to the industrial American Midwest. Furthermore, the formerly bountiful Chesepeake Bay still provides a good living for lots of Marylanders. The fact that Baltimore is a seaport is never far from the surface.
I took this picture in my passenger side mirror while I was stopped at a light. It's not as good of course as the photo by the qunitessential Baltimore photographer A. Aubrey Bodine's poster Arabbers(taken c. 1940)
('Arabbing' is a term used to describe the activities of a group of small scale entrepreneurs -- mostly Black and male -- who for more decades than anyone can remember have hired horses and carts to carry a variety of food items to the neighborhoods of Baltimore. -- from a 1994 editoiral in the Baltimore Afro-American).
Arabbing is on the decline because the PETA people try to get them put out of business because they say they are cruel to their horses, and the stables are demolished for urban renewal.
Since moving to Baltimore I have learned just how much the people of this city love the water! I have made many friends who live and die by boating, weather it be power or sail boating. Most beautiful summer weekend days you can go past any of the marinas around the harbor and find them packed with people drinking, hanging out and having a great time. They love to travel around the inner harbor and sail to restaurant along the bay for great crabs. Baltimoreans are very welcoming and love meeting new people to take out for the day sailing. During the summer there is even a game of poker dingy where people boat place to place picking up cards and drinks and see who winds up with the best poker hand at the end!
Typical large city. People are busy, but will be helpful; especially around Inner Harbor where they are used to tourists.
If going to a baseball or football game... expect traffic police to be 'short' as they are busy handling traffic and if you stop you affect flow of traffic. Watch road signs, they are good. If you have serious problem or question... police will politely help.
Apparently, it is a Baltimore custom to greet all new visitors to a festive jig while they check into their hotel.
Another Baltimore custom is to flag down homeless people on the street and share a swig of tequilla with them on the doorstep
To spice up their singing, the people of Baltimore like to sing Karoke while wearing panties on their head.
Being one of the most important ports on the East Coast, Baltimore is much more of a Blue Collar town than Washington D.C.. Here are some of the city's hardest workers down at the Coast Guard Yard.