BARCStoberfest and Fells Point, Baltimore, MD

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Patterson Park has been a part of Baltimore for quite some time.

Unfortunately I can’t travel abroad every week, so I’m trying to explore areas close to home. This week I returned to Baltimore to attend the 13th annual BARCStoberfest, which is a celebration of pets and their owners. My friend Denise volunteers with BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter) and she told me about the event. This year BARCS held a large festival in Patterson Park that featured a 5-km race and walk with owners and pets, a beer garden, costume contest, and many vendors. It was a great time. 
Today was bright and beautiful; the temperature rose to about 22 C in the afternoon. We departed BARCStoberfest around noon; Denise went home and I decided to visit nearby Fells Point to explore.

I like Patterson Park's wide lanes.
Fells Point was only about a mile from Patterson Park, so I chose to walk there. Greatly influencing my choice was the fact that parking was atrocious in the area, and given how much difficulty I had finding a parking space around Patterson Park, I wasn’t inclined to repeat the ordeal.
Fells Point is Baltimore’s most affluent neighborhood, primarily due to its waterfront location just a short distance east of the Inner Harbor, Baltimore’s main tourist area. Fells Point has lovely, well-kept homes, and its relatively short but nice shopping area bordering the waterfront has a cobblestone street. There is also a luxury hotel on the waterfront that I never suspected was in the area. Fells Point exists against the backdrop of Baltimore’s blue-collar tradition, and you can observe this juxtaposition as you gaze at pleasure craft docked in slips with a massive container ship being loaded at a cargo port in the distance.
Participants (dogs and humans) lined up for the 5K walk and run.
Fortunately Fells Point has not attempted to erase its history, and residents have refurbished the original 19th century (or earlier) brick homes instead of tearing them down in favor of new housing. This gives the area character that’s impossible to replicate in new construction, and minimizes the appearance of gentrification, which is rapidly becoming an issue in Baltimore. The city’s revitalization is inevitable, given the new development and major businesses moving in, and affluent areas like Fells Point will probably appear all over the city. After seeing how rapidly gentrification occurred in nearby Washington, DC for the past decade or so, many Baltimoreans can only wonder how severely they’ll be impacted when it happens to them.

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Patterson Park has been a part of …
Patterson Park has been a part of…
I like Patterson Parks wide lanes.
I like Patterson Park's wide lanes.
Participants (dogs and humans) lin…
Participants (dogs and humans) li…
The walk/race finally begins.
The walk/race finally begins.
Many of the dogs were dressed in H…
Many of the dogs were dressed in …
The walk/race continues.
The walk/race continues.
A Victorian pagoda is not what I e…
A Victorian pagoda is not what I …
The parks Victorian pagoda is app…
The park's Victorian pagoda is ap…
View from the cannon. I suppose th…
View from the cannon. I suppose t…
A statue in front of the pagoda th…
A statue in front of the pagoda t…
View from the pagoda. It is defend…
View from the pagoda. It is defen…
The festival even featured costume…
The festival even featured costum…
That mascot is supposed to be a ca…
That mascot is supposed to be a c…
Two of the costumed dogs in a danc…
Two of the costumed dogs in a dan…
BARCS had some dogs available for …
BARCS had some dogs available for…
Apparently theres a bakery in Bal…
Apparently there's a bakery in Ba…
People doing yoga with their pets.
People doing yoga with their pets.
Three dogs dressed as bananas.
Three dogs dressed as bananas.
I like dog gatherings like this on…
I like dog gatherings like this o…
A piratical family and their pets.
A piratical family and their pets.
En route to Fells Point. Theres s…
En route to Fells Point. There's …
One nice thing about city neighbor…
One nice thing about city neighbo…
I liked the creative glass art abo…
I liked the creative glass art ab…
Apparently Fells Point has its own…
Apparently Fells Point has its ow…
I like that this store decided to …
I like that this store decided to…
Another shot of row homes. They ar…
Another shot of row homes. They a…
My first sight of the Fells Point …
My first sight of the Fells Point…
The Fearless is great for kids; it…
The Fearless is great for kids; i…
Knowing Baltimoreans, they might s…
Knowing Baltimoreans, they might …
I liked the cobblestones.
I liked the cobblestones.
An alley in Fells point.
An alley in Fells point.
The Fearless sets off to do a litt…
The Fearless sets off to do a lit…
How affluent is Fells Point?, yo…
"How affluent is Fells Point?", y…
Pleasure craft in the foreground, …
Pleasure craft in the foreground,…
Natty Boh is a beer that was origi…
Natty Boh is a beer that was orig…
This is Fells Points luxury hotel…
This is Fells Point's luxury hote…
This strange contraption is pedale…
This strange contraption is pedal…
I just liked the blue door.
I just liked the blue door.
A flag waving in Patterson Park.
A flag waving in Patterson Park.
An interesting mural I happened ac…
An interesting mural I happened a…
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