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Kevin Sherry

Baltimore Living Winners 2007

Best View

From Baltimore City College

Baltimore City College is a stunning building. The gothic edifice overlooking Stadium Place lives up to its "Castle on the Hill" moniker. But the beauty of the building is eclipsed by the amazing vista of Baltimore it offers from its perch. It's the kind of majestic panorama that makes you forget all the crap that goes down on the streets and in the homes and businesses below. Standing outside the ... [MORE]

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Best Reason to Live Here
Crime
To have grown up or survived for years on the mean streets of Baltimore often spawns intense local p...

Best Reason to Leave Here
Crime
How to deter crime may be controversial, but crime as a deterrent to vibrant city life, and thus to ...

Best Reason We're Excited About 2008
The smoking ban
God, we can't believe we're saying this. It wasn't too long ago that we were grumbling about the ver...

Best Neighborhood
Seton Hill
All too often, the best things in this city are the least appreciated. Take Seton Hill, for example:...

Best View
From Baltimore City College
Baltimore City College is a stunning building. The gothic edifice overlooking Stadium Place lives up...

Best Depressing View
City jail, seen from Remington
Whoever shot Ronnie Bundy dead in June in the 2900 block of Miles Avenue in Remington did so in view...

Best Disappearing Landmark
Federal Hill
When people fret about the eclipsing of the Federal Hill view, they're probably talking about standi...

Best Underappreciated Local Landmark
President Street Station
President Street Station, site of the first bloodshed of the Civil War in 1861, isn't so much undera...

Best Eyesore
The Partially Demolished St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and School
For almost two years, the St. Stanislaus School has languished in a partially demolished purgatory, ...

Best Monument
Concrete Kids
Outside of one of Baltimore's toughest public housing projects stands a pair of statues that look li...

Best Billboard
Mr. Boh proposing to the Utz Girl
Yes, it panders to the hometown folks, but Smyth Jewelers' North Charles Street billboard featuring ...

Best Festival
Artscape
Think of Artscape like a runaway planet, spinning through Baltimore's cultural galaxy, its gravitati...

Best Cheap Entertainment
The bus
Ever feel like you don't get called the N-word enough in your daily life? Like to start your workwee...

Best Place to Make Fun of Stressed-Out PreMeds
Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University
Ah, college--the time for experimentation, rowdy parties, and late-night hookups, right? Not at John...

Best Place to Learn the Difference Between Ogres and Gnomes
Baltimore Science Fiction Society
Formed in 1963, the BSFS was founded to serve as headquarters for science-fiction lovers who were un...

Best Singles Event
Lock and Key Parties
Sometimes sitting around at a bar waiting to meet that someone special or even that someone special ...

Best Place to Take Out of Town Visitors
Lexington Market
Everyone who comes to visit Baltimore knows to hit all the usual attractions: the Inner Harbor, the ...

Best Place to Take Kids
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
OK, hear us out. If you've been to the former Baltimore Zoo recently, you know it's seen better days...

Best Children's Librarian
Selma Levi, Enoch Pratt Central Library
Young readers frequent the Central Library's children's department not just for the fish pond, but b...

Best Library Branch, City
Southeast Anchor Library
Not technically even a branch, Southeast Baltimore's 27,000-square-foot brick-and-glass, Barnesy-Nob...

Best Library Branch, County
Cockeysville Library
While there's not much to recommend most county branch libraries over the city's--besides parking, a...

Best City Service
Debris, Bulk Trash, and Recycling Drop-off Locations
When we don't have the time or patience to wait till the next bulk-trash day, we head to the dump, o...

Best Environmental Aroma
The Inner Harbor
Time was, before the great Baltimore renaissance, the Inner Harbor was a run-down, seedy waterfront ...

Best Response to the Failure of the Rat Rub-Out Program
Rat fishing ripe for a comeback
Let's face it, Baltimore is Rat City, USA (and if it isn't, it damned well should be). Despite the c...

Best Use of Taxpayer Money
Druid Hill Park exercise equipment
Maybe the city could have come up with better colors, but the tubular purple and teal exercise equip...

Best Misuse of Taxpayer Money
Legg Mason Tower at Harbor East
It's a $33 million tax break, and it's going to wealthy developers--John Paterakis (H&S Bakery m...

Best Building
World Trade Center
Now 30 years old (the same age as City Paper), the World Trade Center is due some love. Its 32 stori...

Best Monstrosity
1st Mariner Bank Tower
Highlandtown-raised banker/developer Ed Hale built a 17-story office tower on the Canton shore and l...

Best Overlooked Architectural Gems
Prewar public housing
For the Rochambeau and St. Stan's we signed petitions and screamed at passing motorists, but back wh...

Best Historic Landmark
Johnny Eck House
What could be more Baltimore than an ordinary rowhouse in a marginal neighborhood where an 18-inch-t...

Best Place to Hobnob With Local Luminaries
Green Mount Cemetery
As an early product of the mid-1800s "rural cemetery movement," which valued nature and arose in res...

Best Park
Patterson Park
Patterson Park has 155 rolling acres, that crazy pagoda, lots of dogs, multiple baseball, soccer/foo...

Best Dog Park
Canton Community Association Dog Park
Not only is this dog park clean, friendly, secure, and fully fenced, but it also lets local dog trai...

Best Indoor Place for the Great Outdoors
Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory
Druid Hill Park is already a great place if you're looking for a little outdoors in the city, but if...

Best Place to Hike
Patapsco Valley State Park
The scenery is not terribly dramatic and the terrain is not super-technical, but we love Patapsco Va...

Best Place to Run
Herring Run Park
Sometimes we need to escape the smell of other people's sweat at the gym and seek the calm of nature...

Best Place to Bike
Gwynns Falls Trail
Sometimes you just want to get out of the city's concrete maze, move your office chair-tortured body...

Best Place to Paddle
Colgate Creek
This trip would make a good paddling video game. In the opening sequence, you board your craft from ...

Best Place to Swim
Oregon Ridge Beach
The most pleasant of ways to while away a summer day is basking in the sun on one of Oregon Ridge La...

Best Pool We Wish Was Public
Assembly Apartments at Clipper Mill
No, we're not jealous. Alright, maybe a little bit. Surely you've seen the billboard coming down 83-...

Best Place to Play Tennis
Druid Hill Park
Ten well-lit tennis courts sit on the north side of Druid Lake, across the road from the basketball ...

Best Bowling Alley
Taylors Stoneleigh Duckpin Bowling Center
It was a sad year for duckpin bowling in Baltimore. Our perennial favorite, Seidel's Bowling Center,...

Best Place to Watch Rugby
Slainté
Rugby--that great game of real men who run around as much as soccer (aka, the original "football") p...

Best Local Athlete
Gerald Brown
A lot of kids growing up in Baltimore play basketball, and many of them dream of playing in the pros...

Best Raven
Ed Reed
Yes, veteran quarterback Steve McNair did provide the Ravens with some much needed offense last year...

Best Oriole
Brian Roberts
God knows we can't spout stats over here at Baltimore's Most Athletically Challenged Alternative Wee...

Best Evidence the Oriole Way Is Not Lost
Cal Ripken Jr.'s Induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame
It's hard to call Baltimore a baseball town after nine straight losing seasons. The balance of power...

Best Local Scandal
Baltimore City Fire Department
After a recruit was burned to death in February during a training fire that investigators found viol...

Best Illustration of Why Baltimore's Public Schools Aren't So Good
The error-filled public school budget
How can we expect the Baltimore City Public School System to teach our children basic math skills wh...

Best Local Issue We're Sick of Hearing About
Murder
Yeah, we know it's an important issue--hell, we dedicate a weekly column to it--and we're glad that ...

Best Goodbye
Leonard Hamm's resignation as police commissioner
Few people have taken a position of power in Baltimore City with as much goodwill from politicians a...

Best Reason for a Police Department Housecleaning
Missing Evidence
Evidence control has been an oxymoron for the Baltimore Police Department this year, as it has in th...

Best Tenuous Reconciliation
Patricia Jessamy and Sheila Dixon
There has long been little love between City Hall and the State's Attorney's Office. State's Attorne...

Best Politician
State Comptroller Peter Franchot
Continuing the half do-gooder/half bomb-thrower style he honed in five terms as a state delegate, Fr...

Best Politician in Need of a Slap Upside the Head
Gov. Martin O'Malley
O'Malley denied any knowledge of the sweet city pension deal he arranged for his pal Marcus Brown, w...

Best Photo-Op Gone Bad
Sheila Dixon on the back of a garbage truck
Sometimes political stunts backfire. Clad in a shiny black leather jacket and red turtleneck sweater...

Best Pointless Protest
Booing at Camden Yards
Actually, we consider this a pretty low-rent way to vent your spleen about the state of the city, bu...

Best Campaign Merch
Carcetti for Mayor
It's done for. The debates argued, the platforms stumped, the signs posted, the phone calls made, th...

Best Political Pimp
Tony DeFranco
Only a week after the primary crowned Sheila Dixon as Baltimore's Democratic candidate for mayor and...

Best Way to Guarantee Democratic Dominance in Maryland
Voting Registration Protection Act
The Democrats' chances in Maryland--always high, if not unstoppable--perhaps reached their plateau A...

Best Way to Threaten Democratic Dominance in Maryland
Base Realignment and Closure
Then again, some Garden State alt-weekly is surely penning a Best Way to Guarantee Democratic Domina...

Best News for Local Catholics
Basilica of the Assumption Restoration
Reasonable people can disagree about whether or not the century-old Rochambeau Apartments should hav...

Best Bad News for Local Catholics
Archbishop Edwin O'Brien
Local Catholics have known for a while that the nearly universally admired Cardinal William Keeler w...

Best Do-Gooder
Joan Floyd
Joan Floyd and her husband, Doug Armstrong, have for more than a decade ridden hard on city politici...

Best NonProfit Organization
VIP Program at Shock Trauma
Dr. Carnell Cooper was dismayed. As a lead physician at Shock Trauma, he realized that many of the p...

Best Boat Builder
Bruce MacKenzie
Currently overseeing the boat-building workshops at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park...

Best Scientist
Adam Reiss
A professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, Reiss discovered so-called dark en...

Best Hopkins Decision
Johns Hopkins University Sustainability Office
Johns Hopkins isn't always a paragon of community relations. The buying of East Baltimore and the co...

Best College Townification
Charles Village Projects
Charles Village unveiled a portion of its multimillion-dollar face-lift last fall, and it came in th...

Best Dubious Urban Planning
Comprehensive Master Plan
Written around a virtual beer brand, Baltimore's Comprehensive Master Plan is a muddle of platitudes...

Best Area We'd Like to See Revitalized
North Avenue and Broadway corridors
Baltimore is rotten with abandoned houses, but nothing is sadder than seeing the looming shell of wh...

Best Development Project That Should Be Happening But Isn't
The Old Northern District Police Station
By the time you read this, the doors may well be open at the long-awaited Hampden Village Centre. Th...

Best New It Spot
500 block of Central Avenue
Central Avenue may be one of the widest streets in the city, but it has long been a shadowy strip of...

Best Hole in the Ground
The future site of the Olmsted
Who wants to buy a half-million dollar condo in Charles Village? Anyone? How 'bout a quarter million...

Best Unclaimed Development Opportunity
Penn Station
Would it kill someone to put more and better dining and shopping amenities in Penn Station? The Clas...

Best Bus Line
No. 40
The future is on the No. 40. Prowling more or less the horizontal line between Security Square Mall ...

Best Service Hotline
MTA hotline
You may be happy with your bike-riding life in Charm City, never feeling the urge to explore the wor...

Best New Transportation Service
Flexcar
When it comes down to it, Baltimore just isn't as fun without a car--the MTA is no substitute. But n...

Best Part About the MVA Sucking
Disgruntled MVA employees
Everyone hates to deal with the MVA, including, apparently, many of the people who work there. Over ...

Best Way to Improve "Pay To Park" Machines
Accept Dollar Bills
We want to get in on it, really we do, and believe about good things happening on the streets of Bal...

Best Place to Put "Pay To Park" Machines
Downtown Towson
Once these newfangled parking devices start accepting bills, the winner of the above category will b...

Best Troublemaker
Ed Norris
Ed Norris' impressive 33 months as the city's police commissioner from 2000 to 2002 was overshadowed...

Best Radio Station
1010 WOLB AM
We far too often feel part of that possibly tiny minority of Americans who just don't have a default...

Best Radio Show
The Signal
WYPR has done a pretty good job of making good on its promise to beef up the local news coverage on ...

Best Radio Personality
Josh Spiegel, 98 Rock Morning show
When Josh Spiegel came to the 98 Rock morning show, he faced no small task: to fill the shoes of the...

Best Defunct Radio Show
WYPR-FM's Weekly News Round-up
We remember when the community members behind local National Public Radio affiliate WYPR took over t...

Best Radio Show We Didn't Plan on Liking
Maryland Morning With Sheilah Kast
When WYPR first announced its new show Maryland Morning, we were aghast. How dare they get between u...

Best Print Journalist
Julie Bykowicz
Maybe part of the reason we've taken particular note of Julie Bykowicz's reporting this year is the ...

Best Sun Columnist
Laura Vozzella
In these changing media times we know it's difficult to be edgy within the confines of a "family new...

Best New Columnist
Michael Olesker
"Is Councilman Mitchell prepping for Mayoral bid?" posed the Jan. 2 Examiner headline for the debut ...

Best Unceremonious Return
Edward Gunts
Remember how Sun architecture critic Edward Gunts went on a kinda/sorta hiatus following then-City P...

Best Return to Newspapering's Glory Days
Examiner editor Frank J. Keegan's run-in with the law
Just when you thought daily newspapers were a fading business with no fight left in them, up steps T...

Best Rumor Reported as Fact
Carroll County Teen Sex Parties
Man, this story had it all. Lusty teens fornicating in ways their parents never heard of in abandone...

Best Sun Blog
Dining @ Large
Elizabeth Large has been reviewing restaurants for The Sun for 30 years plus. So when the bosses sai...

Best Baltimore-Related Web Site
City of Baltimore
To find out what's up with city government, and to try to improve it, simply go to its web site. The...

Best Slice of Baltimore on YouTube
Big Bill Hell's
Home of Challenge Pissing! Our absolute favorite (non-soft-porny) 59 seconds on YouTube is this vide...

Best Local TV Personality
Sharon Gibala
No one's a nice person in the morning, especially before that first cup of coffee kicks in. Double t...

Best TV News anchor
Adam May
WJZ-TV'S Adam May, a Channel 13 asset since 2003, is a more than competent field reporter, with the ...

Best TV Commercial
Katz Insurance "Beauty Salon" spot
When it comes to auto insurance, our experience in this town tells us there's plenty of, ahem, under...

Best Act of God Captured on Video
The First Mount Olive Free Will Baptist Church fire
No one actually saw Him throw the bolt, but some witnesses claim to have seen with their own eyes li...

Best Words To Live By (Tie)
"Thou Shalt Not Murder," "Love For All/Hatred For None"
...

Best Anachronistic Surface
Glassphalt
...

Best "Dewey Defeats Truman"
The Baltimore Examiner vs. the Baltimore Sun, Nov. 8, 2006
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