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University of Chicago
At 175 years and counting, 'City Forever' is entirely possible

When it comes to the two words "City Forever," more is conveyed than simply a phrase used regularly and reflexively by students and alums of The Baltimore City College. In recent weeks, I have three times been at the school with my husband, a member of the City class of 1961. I have heard the phrase repeatedly. It is used in enthusiasm, as praise or in response to a generous gesture. It is posted on bulletin boards with articles, photographs and names in spotless, quiet, polished halls. A group of students said it in unison when they found out my husband was a graduate. It was unspoken, although in the air, at the end of a song the choir spontaneously offered when we...