10/11/07 Voices of Lombard Street

Lombard Street, back in the day

 

Lots of people pitch show ideas to us all of the time.  Sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re not, but we only have so many hours in a week, and we could never get to them all even if we wanted to.

The idea for his hour’s show came to us from the Jewish Museum of Maryland, who want to promote a new exhibit they have opening on Sunday.  In general, if someone is pitching an idea that is a thinly vailed promotion, I would politely decline.  In this case, however, I realized this idea had some great potential for us.

The exhibit is called “Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore.”  The idea of actually bringing together a group of people with deep roots in one neighborhood, so that we could explore the history of the neighborhood from a personal level, is what really appealed to me in putting this hour together.  In a place like Baltimore, the combination of neighborhood histories and personal stories always makes for something interesting.

If you, or someone in your family, grew up around East Lombard Street, have memories of the area at different times, or live there today, we’d love to hear from you.  As always, you can call or email while we’re on the air at 1pm today, and also leave your stories here.

We’re thinking about adding a new segment on the air in which we’ll read emails and blog posts from listeners reflecting on shows that have already aired either later in the week or the following week.  So, don’t hesitate to keep writing after each show.

Go here to see more pictures!

-Justin

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One Response

  1. Marc,

    Thanks to you and your guests for this important piece of Baltimore’s history and identity. I am a post-riots baby who grew up near Govans in the 70’s and 80’s, aware of how racially and socially segregated most of our city has been and continues to be. I find learning about the past mix of cultures and race on Lombard Street so valuable, especially considering how the continuing creep of Baltimore’s Gold Coast or Great White way (from Federal Hill to Canton) sterilizes a place and story that should be considered a point of pride by more people here. I truly regret never knowing a diversity your guests enjoyed, and also regret the diaspora that followed.

    Jim
    North Baltimore

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