Painted Train at Hollins & Lipps

It has suddenly turned cold in Baltimore, so I bundled up a little extra as I took my bike out to ride to campus for an afternoon “party” with the Dean and some new colleagues. The fancy fleece jacket kept me warm, but the headwind was strong enough to keep me pedaling, even on the big downhills. Sigh. Fortunately, I was in a chipper mood, so pedal, pedal, pedal I did, and it felt good. I wonder if I’ll ever get over the pleasure of the rhythmic round-and-round of the bicycle–let’s hope not. The commute now feels like it comes in four parts: down the hill, taking a right/going west, the uphilly part, and Arbutus. I snapped this picture as I took the soft left onto Lipps from Hollins. I’m guessing that used to be a brick wall, and now it’s just the remnants of one, but the leftover bits do look like a train, which is what I think is painted on here. There are so many scenes like this all over town, helped along by the seemingly endless remainders that make up Baltimore City and its canvases. But this is a pretty face to paint on the block after block after block of crumbled, abandoned, blighted, burned, and decaying homes and businesses that make up that 9.2 miles ride. But really, sometimes, what are you going to do? Gotta put some beauty in here.

2 thoughts on “Painted Train at Hollins & Lipps

  1. It’s just about turned cold here as well. 25 this morning,but supposed to reach mid 60’s by evening. Anything under 27 or so,my left index (which really isn’t a finger underneath anymore,it’s all synthetic,LOL :P) freezes\locks into place,whatever position it’s in…my riding days the remainder of the year are limited 😦

    On a plus side,interesting post and a nice pic. I love sights in the city like this,wondering what the story behind the paintings are. Thanks for the morning smile πŸ™‚

    DC

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