Miracle on 34th Street
Lots of people have neighbors who get wrapped up in the holiday spirit, but Bob Hosier is a cut above. Arguably the brightest spot on a hyper-illuminated block in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood, Hosier’s house is the sparkling nexus of what’s become a city tradition.
Bob reports that the light display, for years affectionately dubbed the “Miracle on 34th Street,” has become a widely-anticipated event. And it’s kept its staying power even while weathering decades of neighborhood transformation.
Both Hosier and Deborah Falkenhan, of Falkenhan’s Hardware, observe that the neighborhood is still changing – and getting younger. But Falkenhan, a resident of Hampden for over 60 years, and admittedly a member of the old guard, says the holiday light spectacle that draws tens of thousands of outsiders also brings the neighborhood together. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from,” she says. Hampden is “thriving again.”