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May 15, 2007

Cross Street stink

Federal Hill needs to hire one of the local fire departments to hose down both East and West Cross Streets by the market every Saturday and Sunday morning.

The sour stink from the night before is usually so strong that pinching your nose does nothing. Ever tried to walk to one of the boutiques there and been turned away by the smell?

Maybe if that section of Federal Hill wasn’t such a magnet for meatheads and immature drinkers, it wouldn’t have that problem. But every time I walk down those stretches of Cross Street on weekends, the smell persists. It gets even worse in the hot, sticky summer months.

It really shouldn’t be up to the fire department, but I can’t think of a more realistic solution. That crowd should be able to hold its beer and liquor, or not drink until they get sick in the street. But that’s like asking the sun to set in the east.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:34 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


its especially gross when you are trying to go out for brunch- a real turn off.
i dont understand how the smell gets there. its not like tons of people are getting sick outside. do the bars just not clean up at the end of the night?

let's be serious. meatheads are taking over the city, but i have to disagree with the generalization that you attributed here. for the most meatheads per area/bar, canton is your place. at least federal hill has some sort of ambiance, canton is just roid rage, dundalk women, and stds. ...

in my opinion, the sour smell in federal hill most likely comes from the copious amounts of homeless people and crackheads that use the street as their personal toilets.

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