Archive for March, 2012

Beauty in the blight: The accidental art of Baltimore 311 images

March 24, 2012

Beauty is everywhere, even among the blight. The following images were curated from Baltimore’s 311 app.

Dirty alley, Darley Park


Graffiti, Medfield


Damaged sidewalk, Highlandtown


Graffiti, Hampden


Dirty alley, Penn North


Parking complaint, Penn Station


Graffiti, Mount Vernon


Park cleaning request, Patterson Park


Open fire hydrant, Canton


Parking complaint, Midtown



Spot news, multimedia storytelling: From a too familiar scene, ‘something different’

March 17, 2012


A man is shot and killed on an East Baltimore street corner late on a Friday afternoon. From police, further information is not immediately available. That’s the story, the too familiar story. The brief, as sad as it is to say, nearly writes itself.

But not if you don’t let it. Not if, even at the end of your shift, at the end of your week, after having just returned from another scene, you go there. Not if you go there with an open mind — and a smartphone.

If you do, you might just get what reporter Justin Fenton offered to his Twitter followers as “something different, and, I’d offer, something more.

Staubs, wearing a black dress shirt and a black-and-red tie, says he once regularly traveled from West Virginia to Baltimore to score drugs. Six years ago, he says, he was saved by God and got clean. He now makes the same trek to spread the Gospel.