This has been a particularly tough couple of months for Baltimore -- for its people, its businesses, and its reputation. As our underlying, deep-seated issues have been forced to the forefront of the conversation, the hope is that all the unrest will inspire real change.
That said, there is already so much about this city that doesn’t need to change and, instead, should be celebrated, not just locally, but across the nation. Here are 17 reasons every American is doing themselves a disservice if they don’t make a trip to Baltimore before it’s all over.
1. We embrace our flaws
We have our problems and we know it. Some run deep, as we’ve seen, but some are mundane and that’s where we have a little fun. There are even bumper stickers that celebrate our rat population.