September 17, 2013
by Geoff Shannon
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First Fridays

The shucker stacked the opened oysters on top of a bed of cracked ice, piled up on a folding table set up on the corner of Elm Street and the Avenue. He served three different types —Choptanks and Delaware Bays, … Continue reading

July 5, 2012
by Geoff Shannon
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Neighborhood Brunch

  Sundays are apparently quiet affairs at the Food Market. In the evenings, the new Hampden restaurant’s amenities include valet parking, late night tapas, craft beer, and, on weekend nights, a 45 minute waiting list. Walking by the glass windows … Continue reading

November 18, 2010
by Geoff Shannon
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Red Cyclops Manifesto

Charm City. The Land of Pleasant Living. The Greatest City in America. A place that asks us to believe. Lies. All lies.

April 26, 2010
by Geoff Shannon
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In Praise Of: Urban Credentials

There’s an interesting on-going discussion following Sunday’s ‘Treme’ episode about the perennial debate of tourism/nativism of American cities. What constitutes regional credentials? In Dennis Lehane’s “Gone, Baby, Gone”, Boston private dic Patrick Kenzie asks a purposely flippant question to Boston … Continue reading

January 20, 2010
by Geoff Shannon
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Baltimore Nights: The Hampden Evening Magic

Years from now, people will talk about Hampden, the neighborhood  where I grew up and have now returned to, the way they talk about New York’s East Village or Silver Lake in L.A., or Austin, Texas or Ashville, North Carolina … Continue reading