Postcard From Hampden

Holiday scenes from Baltimore's zany blue collar neighborhood

Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood isn't just over the top. It revels in excess. Just look at the beehive hairdos, the pink plastic flamingo lawn decorations, the leopard-skin purses and cat-eye sunglasses.

Of course, Christmas is no exception. 34th street is famous for its holiday lights show, with houses decked out in everything from lights to tire sculptures to Old Bay containers. The radio program Soundprint did a lovely little history of the neighborhood, documenting the underlying culture of this blue collar community. I'd recommend you take a listen. And in the meantime, here are some pictures of the neighborhood's Christmas spirit.

Photo by Flickr user Censey

Photo courtesy of Sneakerdog

Photo courtesy of Sneakerdog

Photo by Flickr user photographynatalia

About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.