On Monday evening, the Baltimore City Council
approved Charm City’s newest slogan, “Baltimore: Birthplace of The Star-Spangled Banner.” Legislation to change the city’s official tagline was originally introduced back in September, just as Baltimore was preparing to host over 1.5 million spectators for its massive Star-Spangled 200 celebrations.
The administration is still in the process of deciding how to implement the new slogan, but there are talks of painting over the existing street benches or incorporating it into bus stop signs.
While the new slogan is, of course, a fact, many Baltimoreans feel as though the new moniker is awfully dry for a city with such character. But, others appreciate the reference to Baltimore’s
historical significance in the conception of our National Anthem. Below, we’ve compiled some of Baltimore’s best reactions to the new phrase, and a slew of suggested alternatives.