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Retro Baltimore Trivia: What inspired the 'painted ladies' of Charles Village? And when did they first appear?

Retro Baltimore Trivia: What inspired the 'painted ladies' of Charles Village? And when did they first appear?
Some "painted ladies" along Guilford Avenue in Charles Village. What inspired them? (Baltimore Sun)

Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging.

Here’s last week’s trivia:

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QUESTION: What was the inspiration for the “painted ladies” of Charles Village? And when did they first appear?

ANSWER: The brightly painted row houses were inspired by a neighborhood contest in 1998, seeking to enhance, beautify and revitalize the community, making Charles Village safer from crime, have cleaner streets and slower traffic. A $20,000 grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a Baltimore-based nonprofit group dedicated to helping disadvantaged children, funded the contest.

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