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January 26, 2009

Canton Square vs. O'Donnell Square

Canton -- i mean O'Donnell -- SquareAfter my most recent nightlife column came out, I received a heated e-mail from a concerned reader. In the piece, I wrote Canton Square instead of O'Donnell Square, and the reader demanded a correction.

So I went to the copy desk, which did an archive search and found we had been calling it "Canton Square" and "O'Donnell Square" an equal number of times since 1990.


To appease the Gods of Style, I made a sacrifice of three semicolons. Suddenly, Copy Desk Wizard John McIntyre appeared on a cloud of commas and issued his edict: Henceforth, it shall be called O'Donnell Square. Then he disappeared, leaving only a trail of ellipses. 

You can read more about the verdict here.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Elizabeth Malby)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 4:22 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Random stuff


Agree with the O'ruling. Folks only started calling this part of Highlandtown "Canton" to get better sell rates on their homes.

FWIW, one of the pilasters guarding the small park in the 2800 block of Elliott bears a plaque naming it "Canton Square."

Take THAT "Canton"

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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