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Baltimore City Power Rankings

Photo: Illustrations by Alex Fine, License: N/A

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Ravens

With their thrilling overtime win against the Chargers (see Spitballin’ for details), the Ravens guaranteed that this will be the first year since 1977 that Baltimore’s baseball and football franchises both had winning records. And like the Orioles, the boys in purple are grinding out tough games, finding ways to win with enormous effort and endless heart. It’s the Baltimore way.

2 Station North

The burgeoning arts district is aiming to reoccupy the New York Fried Chicken building at the corner of North Avenue and Charles Street (which features Gaia’s giant mural of a hand holding a dove, thanks to Open Walls Baltimore) in order to turn it into an office for Station North Arts and Entertainment District Inc., a venue for the Annex Theater, and gallery space for artists. Onward and art-ward!

3 Martin O’Malley

Our chief executive’s two-year term as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association ends this week, but Marty seems poised to maintain a leadership position in the group, possibly as finance chairman, which should facilitate O’Malley’s March to the White House in 2016. Next up: a long talk with Hillary about the joys of retirement.

4 Cops

A tough week for BPD: 2012’s murders eclipsed last year’s, details emerged about a chase earlier this year that ended in the shooting death of an unarmed man, and a cop accidentally shot himself during roll call. But in a nod to new commish Anthony Batts’ efforts to improve transparency, BPD opened up Comstat meetings—where it discusses the latest crime statistics—to the public. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, but BCPR fears reducing crime in Baltimore City is an even more distant goal.

5 The People of Baltimore

The Saturday killing of a man in the crime-plagued Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood (see Murder Ink) marked the 200th murder of 2012. The city has already passed last year’s total of 197 murders and there is still a month to go. Here’s hoping a new year, a new police commissioner, and hopefully some new ideas can help make headway with Baltimore’s most persistent problem.

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