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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?
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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