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Saving the Day

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Thanks to local comedian (and mild-mannered City Paper sports columnist) Jim Meyer for suiting up as BALTI-MAN.

Baltimore needs some explaining. It’s a city of contrasts: poverty and luxury, friendliness and crime, packed with both history and innovation, where neighborhoods can change drastically from one block to the next. Whether you’re just in town for a convention, have lived here your whole life, or fall somewhere in between, our city’s mysteries can be confounding. Baltimanual is here to help.

Visitors in particular will appreciate the guide to tourist attractions, which points out the best bets, both well-known (the National Aquarium, Fort McHenry, Camden Yards, duh) and less well-known (the Irish Railroad Workers Museum or the new National Polish Slavic Museum), as well as the accommodations, dining, and shopping sections and, if it floats your boat, the guide to Baltimore’s red-light district.

Folks who have recently moved to Baltimore will find ample acclimation aid in the getting around section as well as in the info-packed introductions to our arts, music, and nightlife scenes.

Lifers may find themselves saying condescending things like “I knew that” or “Ugh, that place is so overrated” as they flip through these pages, but we’d bet the sports and recreation, kids, and events sections, in particular, will serve as handy resources down the line.

So there you have it. A guide for anyone, ever, anywhere in Baltimore. Enjoy our town. It’s the greatest.

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