Feature_1_Baltimore_Sam_ZanninoPositioned along Interstate 95 between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia in the eastern seaboard’s megalopolis, Baltimore has for years been seen by many outsiders as a mere rest stop between destinations. Even some of Mobtown’s own denizens had trouble shrugging off that middle-child status.

But recently, upscale hotels and star restaurateurs have brought new attention to Baltimore – and with it, new money. While some welcome this change, others remain wary, as longtime residents hope the city’s oldest currency – its quirky creativity – doesn’t become devalued. This photo essay by SAM ZANNINO celebrates the past and present in the words of some of Charm City’s creative stalwarts, including David Koslowski, Bill Stevenson, and Mink Stole.

See more in DINOSAUR No. 1.

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