Monday, December 03, 2012

Fiscal Woes Haunting Baltimore's Poe House

The house Edgar Allan Poe lived in in Baltimore is threatened to close...again.

From an article in the New York Times...

But the museum sits amid a housing project, far off this city’s tourist beaten path, and attracts only 5,000 visitors a year. 

“It would be ironic, after all these years of aggressively and actively promoting the Poe House and the Poe grave, to have it close,” said Jeff Jerome, the house’s curator for more than 30 years.
He said that to switch suddenly to a self-supporting model was impractical, given that the house generates only a small amount of revenue from admissions, special events and the sale of books and T-shirts. 

The director of Baltimore’s planning department, Thomas J. Stosur, said that with the city facing a large budget gap last year, the subsidy cut was unavoidable. “Everybody was under the gun to focus more on core services,” he said in a telephone interview.

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