Baltimore’s image problem is not a new one. It started way before April 2015. In fact, in the 1800s it was known as Mobtown. Privateers (pirates) ran the streets of Fells Point.
Baltimore is also known as a city of firsts. Home of innovators who discovered and manufactured products such as umbrellas, refined sugar, electric refrigerators, silverware, and the ouija board.
Today Baltimore is a leader in healthcare, education technology and cybersecurity. It is known for its diverse landscape, the Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, and free art museums. It is home to one of the best-loved baseball stadiums in the country, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, two-time Super Bowl Champs Baltimore Ravens, the Great Blacks in Wax Museum and global brands such as Pandora, McCormick and Under Armour.
People such as Mike Rowe, Cal Ripken, Julie Bowen, Kevin Plank and Josh Charles proudly call Baltimore home. They can often be found on social media, television appearances and at events talking about all the things they love about Baltimore. And we are asking you to do the same!
In the last few months more than ever before, the national media has gone out of its way to cover the murder rate and rioting and done very little to showcase the people, companies, non-profits, and communities that make this city a great place to live and work. It is our collective responsibility to change the national conversation about Baltimore. We cannot let others define us. We must define ourselves.
Baltimore Story is a platform to allow our residents to share their experiences – college, starting a new business, volunteering – as well as things to do and places to go – favorite festivals, places to run, best music scene, top restaurants, quirky neighborhoods. Dozens of people have already shared their stories through photos, videos, essays and testimonials. Real, authentic, original content – no ads, no logos, no contrived messaging.
We want you to get involved too! Visit www.BaltimoreStory.com, click on Submit a Story, type a paragraph or 10, and upload a few photos- that’s it! Another easy way to share is via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram- tag us #bmorestory when you are out to dinner with friends, running through the park or at an event- and we’ll share it. Tell us about your experiences at work or in your community, tell us about a friend who has started a new business, or share how Baltimore has surprised you.
Join us in changing the national conversation about Baltimore. #bmorestory #iambaltimore
The original version of this article ran in the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School blog.