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New Year’s Resolutions for Baltimore

10 ideas to make our city safer, smarter, and more fun

Photo: Illustrations by Tom Chalkley, License: N/A

Illustrations by Tom Chalkley


There’s no real reason to make resolutions at the turn of a new year. If there’s something you’d like to change about yourself, something you think you should do—or stop doing—you can really do that at any time. There’s no genuine magic about January 1.

We here at City Paper think there are quite a few things that Baltimore, as a city, should do differently, and we talk about them all year round. But since our collective minds focus on change and new ideas this time of year, we decided to crystallize them into 10 things that our city should do to improve itself in 2014.

Some of these resolutions are variations on things we’ve written about before, like the need for complete audits of city government and the imperative of cleaning up the harbor. Others are completely new, like the idea of a free bus line that would connect the city’s three undervalued arts districts.

Our hope is that these suggestions start or advance conversations about how to continue to improve the city we love. We have no greater wish for the coming year.

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