Thanksgiving is almost here, so food was on our minds as we prepared for this issue. Following that impulse, Arts and Culture Editor Teri Henderson talked to Dorian Brown about Neopol Savory Smokery. Brown has been working in food service for several decades now, and Neopol offers all kinds of smoked treats like mussels, shrimp, and chicken. Their smoked salmon BLT is iconic. 

Deputy News Editor J. Brian Charles took a deep dive into City Councilmember Ryan Dorsey’s  single-family zoning legislation. The sometimes-controversial legislator says it is one way of addressing blight, but some people worry it’s just introducing more problems. 

“Just because you create more housing doesn’t make it affordable. You have to be intentional and you have to make sure the housing stays affordable over time,” Carol Ott, tenant advocacy director at Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland, told us. 

Also in this issue, you’ll find more information about Mayor Brandon Scott’s Squeegee Collaborative; a review of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” along with a review of a new art exhibition at Creative Alliance. 

And now a few housekeeping notes: 

We’ll be taking a break after our next issue, which will go live November 30. I’m grateful for the way Baltimore has welcomed us back since our relaunch in August. I’m also extremely proud of our staff, who turn out excellent work every single time. We are going to use the holidays to rest and rejuvenate so we can keep bringing you great issues in the new year. We’ll return on January 11, 2023.

To prepare for our final issue of 2022, we want your family’s holiday cards. Send us photos of your family at Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah — whether they be from last year or 20 years ago. Some of the photos you send will go in the pages of Baltimore Beat and all will be published on our website. It’s part of our work to be a reflection of our community. Email them to by November 25. 


From Issue 7 (November 2, 2022): “The Art of Black Movement” incorrectly stated that admission to  “A Movement In Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration” was free to all visitors. While the exhibition is free to BMA Members, children ages six and under, and student groups, tickets are required for all other groups. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $12 for groups, $5 for students with ID, and $5 for youth ages 7 to 18.

Also from Issue 7, our voters guide incorrectly stated what was on the ballot for Question I, the charter amendment to change the composition of the committee which oversees the city’s Inspector General. The ballot question asks voters whether they want to expand the size and alter the composition of that oversight committee. 

Lisa Snowden is Editor-in-Chief and cofounder of Baltimore Beat. Previously, she was an editor at Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore Sun, and The Real News Network. Her work has also appeared in Essence,...