What smells worse on a Saturday morning: The harbor or South Broadway?
I honestly can't think of a better place to have a few frozen cocktails on a hot Saturday afternoon in Fells Point -- especially when there's a soft breeze blowing to help hide the stink of the harbor.
That line went largely unnoticed -- until today. I tacked a blurb about Woody's on today's nightlife column. I was hoping someone would read it an shoot me an e-mail.
Sun reader David Cluster read my mind ...
as any resident of Fells Point, (and I am a former one), or early Saturday or Sunday morning stroller along the "idiot strip" of college bars along Broadway will tell you, the delightful perfumes of vomit and urine on a hot summer day are overpowering, overwhelming, and enough to 'gag a maggot!' as is commonly said in the vernacular.
The occasional days when the combination of heat and low oxygen levels in the water do 'stink to high heaven', cannot compete with the scent of "Weekend in East Baltimore", or the frequent "eau de Backriver" that wafts from the sewers on Broadway that the forever ongoing repairs cannot seem to fix.
Good point, David. Good point indeed. In fact, I wrote about the Cross Street Stench years ago. But I've never thought about what the South Broadway strip smells like on a Saturday or Sunday morning.
But which is worse: Low tide on a summer day in Fells Point or the South Broadway stench? I'm not sure. Between the two of them, it sounds like quite the aromatic cocktail.
(Baltimore Sun photo by Jed Kirschbaum)