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Bad week for water pipes, good week for Baltimore’s image

It has not been a good week for Baltimore’s water pipes. Or the residents who rely on them. Or the utility companies that work around them. Or the city officials tasked with fixing them.

The problems with Baltimore’s notoriously dilapidated infrastructure were on full display this week, as thousands of customers in the area who are still without water continue to pelt the city with calls for help.

The frigid temperatures of the past two weeks have caused frequent cracks and breaks in the pipes or water meters, which then then proceed to gush water onto the streets for days or even weeks.

We feel bad for residents without water, but we also empathize with the poor souls whose job it is to venture out into the cold and fix pipe after ancient pipe. Manning the phones and fielding calls from angry residents can’t be too fun, either.

But chin up, Charm City inhabitants! There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Spring — with its hopefully sunnier days — is only a few weeks away. We will soon remember what it means to have fun.

For now, we can look ahead to the planned Light City Baltimore festival, which city officials and event organizers Generosity Inc. announced this week. The festival, which is scheduled to come to the city next year from March 28 to April 4, is modeled after the famous South by Southwest gathering in Austin, Texas.

Details are scant at this point, but we do know this: The festival will inject some life into the city at a time when people are really itching for it (which sounds pretty good right about now), in the form of music performances, art installations and “innovation” showcases of various technologies here.

Baltimore tourism officials expressed their enthusiasm about Light City Baltimore, saying it will serve as the kickoff to the tourism season and will highlight the exciting, innovative work being done by the city’s companies and individuals.

That’s something to smile about, even if you’re still waiting to take a hot shower.

About Alissa Gulin

Alissa Gulin covers health care, education and general business at The Daily Record.