"The thing you discover about Baltimore is that you don't have to make it up. The city's full of peculiar, unpredictable, unpretentious delights-a million little roadside attractions.
So writes Dan Rodricks in Charm City. Here, the popular Baltimore Sun columnist explores the decidedly distinctive character of his hometown.
Baltimore, he informs us, is a revitalized city that boasts the same sort of amenities as other American metropolises-the National Aquarium, the Harborplace market, world-renowned medical facilities and thriving arts organizations, not to mention top-notch sporting venues and first-rate teams to play in them.
And yet, Baltimore has so much more to offer.
There's "Bawlmerese," the city's own language A tavern with a stoplight where green means enter. Plenty of charming, historic rowhouses. Crab cakes, French fries with gravy. And people who call you "hon" time and again.
Complementing Rodricks' observations are hundreds of images by the area's finest photographers, carefully selected by Roger Miller to help explore the many unpretentious delights-great and small-that make Baltimore the true Charm City.