Monday, October 11, 2004

Anyone Where?

So Batlimore's Finest Trash approvingly quotes our description of Federal Hill. It's saddening that I appear to be correct because quite honestly I've only been to Federal Hill twice since I moved to Baltimore. What's saddening is that Disnurbia in all its glory doesn't need to be expirienced more than once to be described with full accuracy.

In their article, they quote a co-worker of theirs with some derision. "Anyone who's anyone lives there[Federal Hill]". ARE YOU EFFIN' KIDDING ME? As Baltimore's Finest Trash points out, no matter what you do, it's still Baltimore. I would have to add that no one Who Is Anyone aside from maybe John Waters lives anywhere in Baltimore. There's not a ton of "movers and shakers" in the irritating hipster sense. That's one of the reasons I love this place so much. You almost never have to deal with people who think that residence in a city immediately apportions the glamour and history of that city to them. Maybe that's because, as Baltimore's Finest points out, the glamor here isn't of the Channel and Prada veriety. Can you imagine "Sex In The City" taking place in Baltimore? I can't, thank god.

Their article is also well worth reading for a description of yet another form of the market steamroll effect, this one not in an urban center. Of course, free-market theoritsts will say that it's the fault of the legislated affordable housing that created this boon to development which caused the steamrollers. I totally disagree with this, but that'll have to come later.