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Baltimore in the 1970s

What was 1970s Baltimore like? Great photos and stories from Baltimore in the 1970s.

By the 1970s new problems had surfaced. Formerly white schools had become mostly black schools, though whites still made up most of the faculty and administration. Worse, the school system had become dependent on federal funding. In 1974, these circumstances led to two dramatic incidents. A teachers’ strike highlighted the city’s unwillingness to raise teachers’ salaries because a hike in property taxes would further alienate white residents. A second crisis revolved around a federally mandated desegregation plan that also threatened to alienate the remaining white residents.

Baltimore map from 1978

Neighborhoods Map Baltimore in 1978

This is a cool map from 1978. It shows the neighborhoods of the city. Source: Johns Hopkins
Maryland National Bank

Remember the Maryland National Bank Building?

In the days before the magic of green screens and Doppler weather forecasting, people with a view of the Baltimore skyline had another method for determining the next day’s weather – the color-changing letters on top...
Cal Ripken Jr. high school photo - 1978

O’s No. 2 Draft Pick, Ripken, Fans 17 in 1978 Championship

Here’s a really cool article from the days before Cal Ripken Jr. as an Oriole. This article was printed on June 8th, 1978 Largo–Just one day after being chosen in major league baseball’s free-agent draft, Aberdeen’s...
Trash and Old Tires Litter the Shore at the Middle Branch of Baltimore Harbor, 01/1973.

This is What Baltimore Harbor Looked Like in 1973

This is bleak. Times were tough in the 1970s. Here’s a shot of what Baltimore Harbor looked like in 1973. Source: U.S. National Archives
Frank Zappa

Three People You Didn’t Know Were From Baltimore

For our inaugural Baltimore “Three Things …” post, we are going to highlight three people whom you might not know were from Charm City. 1. David Abercrombie Yes, that’s right. The dude responsible for all the...