Although not specifically related to local currency, it does show a recurring trend in the Baltimore area of keeping Baltimore under the "rule" of locals. Instead of being warned against financially tying yourself to major corporations, this article warns readers of tying themselves to major concert venues. Instead, readers are suggested to attend "under the radar" and hyper local concerts that focus on music within the community and not stadium areas and high-priced tickets.
Though this story is not focused on the Baltimore Free School I think it gives a good look into the Baltimore DIY culture. This culture is where the idea of the Baltimore Free School originated from. I enjoyed the quotes from individuals that were involved with each of these venues.