Tips on Baltimore (around JHU)?

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    May 08, 2012 7:51 AM GMT
    Hi guys,

    I'm trading winter in Sydney for a few weeks in Baltimore next month to undertake some summer grad courses at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and am after tips on Baltimore.

    Info on homo stuff, good places to eat / drink and neighbourhoods to explore (or steer clear of) would be much appreciated...

    I'll most likely be staying close to (or on campus at) JHU.
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    May 08, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    It's been many years since I've lived in the Baltimore area. The gay scene there leaves much to be desired. Not sure I can say that there's a specific "hot spot" for the gay lifestyle. Though Mt. Vernon with bars like The Hippo and Grand Central (if they're still open) exists.
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    May 08, 2012 2:55 PM GMT
    From what I have been told by people who have visited Baltimore and people who used to live in Baltimore, the only thing they mention is the high violent crime rate and how you have to be extra careful when going out on the town after dark. I was also informed that John Hopkins is largely surrounded by decaying ghetto neighborhoods. The only positive info that I heard about Baltimore is about the downtown area, the waterfront, and the NFL Baltimore Ravens but other than that it is all negative. I always wanted to visit Baltimore and see for myself but many people try to discourage me by saying Baltimore is a dangerous, rough, old city. But I am tired of all the anti Baltimore propaganda, I still want to visit that city and check it out for myself. After all, no place is perfectly safe or perfect in any other way. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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    May 08, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    Hi, I can't speak much about Baltimore, however you are less than an hour out of Washington, DC by train. Lots of fun gay shit to do in our nation's capital.

    http://www.gaytravel.com/washington-dc/things-to-do
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    May 08, 2012 3:47 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidFrom what I have been told by people who have visited Baltimore and people who used to live in Baltimore, the only thing they mention is the high violent crime rate and how you have to be extra careful when going out on the town after dark. I was also informed that John Hopkins is largely surrounded by decaying ghetto neighborhoods. The only positive info that I heard about Baltimore is about the downtown area, the waterfront, and the NFL Baltimore Ravens but other than that it is all negative. I always wanted to visit Baltimore and see for myself but many people try to discourage me by saying Baltimore is a dangerous, rough, old city. But I am tired of all the anti Baltimore propaganda, I still want to visit that city and check it out for myself. After all, no place is perfectly safe or perfect in any other way. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


    Just like any city, crime is prevalent in different spots. The harbor, Fells Point, Canton, and Federal Hill areas are not crime ridden and actually have alot of fun bar and restaurants, but not necessarily gay-specific. And since you're there during the summer, definitely get a few Orioles games in at Camden Yards. I just love that place.
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    May 08, 2012 3:56 PM GMT
    Learn new things to do with your screen doors.

    Go to a place called Icarus to eat.

    Visit Greek and Italian neighborhoods.
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    May 08, 2012 4:39 PM GMT
    For a gay old time go to mt Vernon district - hippo on Saturdays, grand central on Fridays. For a chill night go to 'jays on reed' - the local piano bar. For a bite, it's city cafe. For none gay fun, fells point, federal hill and canton are your best bets. Be sure to see the inner harbor and harbor east areas for the touristy stuff.
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    May 09, 2012 7:37 AM GMT
    Thanks for the tips, guys.

    Will definitely check out those spots...and yeah, I've also been warned about Baltimore's reputation re: violent crime. My American colleague tells me 'Maryland' is also dubbed 'Murderland' icon_eek.gif

    I'm sure, like in any city, a bit of street smarts will keep me safe, though. And of course there are safer neighbourhoods to hang out in than around JHU.

    Washington sounds good too. I have about 5 days off between courses, so might even take a trip to NYC and/or swing by SF for pride...
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    May 09, 2012 8:03 AM GMT
    i've lived in baltimore and dc most of my life. baltimore isn't nearly as bad as it's reputation. just stay away from a few ghetto spots and you'll be fine (don't worry - you'll probably never even see most of them since there's nothing worth visiting there).
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    May 09, 2012 8:08 AM GMT
    ramigun saidFor a gay old time go to mt Vernon district - hippo on Saturdays, grand central on Fridays. For a chill night go to 'jays on reed' - the local piano bar. For a bite, it's city cafe. For none gay fun, fells point, federal hill and canton are your best bets. Be sure to see the inner harbor and harbor east areas for the touristy stuff.


    agreed with the above. and, like any city, you just have to keep your guard and wits about you. i'm not in the city per se, there are good neighbourhoods in and around federal hill and canton.
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    May 09, 2012 2:47 PM GMT
    Baltimore is a dump. Please do not judge America based on Baltimore, this city only represents the ghettoo hood culture of the country. I say get to DC as much as you can. It offers much more than Baltimore can ever aspire to be.
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    May 09, 2012 2:50 PM GMT
    ramigun saidi've lived in baltimore and dc most of my life. baltimore isn't nearly as bad as it's reputation. just stay away from a few ghetto spots and you'll be fine (don't worry - you'll probably never even see most of them since there's nothing worth visiting there).


    But just avoiding a bad area doesn't mean you are in the clear. A few weeks ago a video went viral of a tourist being robbed and beaten by a bunch of "urban youth". It's hard to avoid the ghettoo when it literally surrounds the city. I'm not saying every city is perfect, but let's just be honest here.
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    May 10, 2012 6:33 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidBaltimore is a dump. Please do not judge America based on Baltimore, this city only represents the ghettoo hood culture of the country. I say get to DC as much as you can. It offers much more than Baltimore can ever aspire to be.


    Rest assured. I've spent quite a bit of time in the US before, all concentrated in SF and NYC, along with a one week stint in a pretty tiny snow covered town in Oregon. I'm looking forward to seeing something different though! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 10, 2012 11:41 AM GMT
    Brave_New_World said... Washington sounds good too. I have about 5 days off between courses, so might even take a trip to NYC and/or swing by SF for pride...


    I believe New York City pride is always held in late June.

    Washington DC is majorly fun; lots of museums, monuments and other touristy stuff to do, and tons of hot military guys walking around everywhere!
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    May 14, 2012 8:38 AM GMT
    yo_mamaliWashington DC is majorly fun; lots of museums, monuments and other touristy stuff to do, and tons of hot military guys walking around everywhere!


    Well, between your review and discovering Washington is just a quick train ride away, I've booked a weekend trip in icon_smile.gif
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    May 14, 2012 8:57 AM GMT
    I stayed near JHU and gave a lecture nearby. I saw that the Poe house was somewhat near and asked the doorman for directions. He told me that I could take a cab, but that walking was suicidal. WTF. I had just walked out to Ft. McHenry and back without any problem.