How's Baltimore?

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    May 02, 2013 5:04 AM GMT
    I just moved to LA not long ago, but a better bone was thrown in my direction(financially) and now I'm planning my next escape.

    I never been to Baltimore, have no idea what its like. Everything about the area interests me. The closest I got to Maryland was Philly, DC and NYC.
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    May 02, 2013 5:21 AM GMT
    Most of Baltimore is pretty awful. The touristy area (Inner Harbor) is ok. Fell's Point/Canton near the water is a decent area. There are also some ritzy areas in the northern part of the city, in Baltimore county.

    Overall though, Baltimore has a lot of crime and is relatively small. However, it has one of the best hospitals and trauma centers in the world and it's within driving distance to Washington, D.C.
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    May 02, 2013 5:34 AM GMT
    I do not think you will be happy in Baltimore. Like the previous poster said, it is a pretty violent city. It has a horrible crime rate and most of the city is pretty much a giant ghetto. There are a few nice areas, but IMHO, they do not make up for the rest of the city.

    Even the gay areas always seemed pretty empty when I visited. Do yourself a favor and pass on this place. It will be years before the city gets it act together...
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    May 02, 2013 6:15 AM GMT

    Well not going there is not an option anymore. And it's a temporary gig anyway, a couple of year max. I guess I'll be working most of the time then icon_neutral.gif
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    May 02, 2013 6:16 AM GMT
    Fiyero27 said

    Overall though, Baltimore has a lot of crime and is relatively small. However, it has one of the best hospitals and trauma centers in the world and it's within driving distance to Washington, D.C.


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    May 02, 2013 12:41 PM GMT
    There is a reason why interstate 95 tunnels under Baltimore.
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    May 02, 2013 1:55 PM GMT
    If you're into history, lots and lots of stuff in that area, plus DC and Philly not too far away. I lived there from 1973-1977, and I loved it. I was back in the 1990s for a week, I am sure much has changed. I guess it depends in what part of the city or surrounding area you are going to be.
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    May 02, 2013 2:00 PM GMT
    Ive been a few times for work. Basically its a dump
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    May 02, 2013 2:27 PM GMT
    Oh good lord, people. Baltimore can be quite nice. It's very very different from DC, an old fashioned Northeastern city with real neighborhoods full of long-term residents and local charm (it's "Charm City" after all), with all of their idiosyncracies. Lots of kooky hip stuff going on, and always has been. I love DC, but in some ways Baltimore is vastly more interesting. What else would you expect from the home of John Waters and Divine?
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    May 02, 2013 3:12 PM GMT
    Baltimore is the host to Otakon if you're into anime/manga.
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    May 02, 2013 3:26 PM GMT
    A young black woman I worked with told me she went to visit Baltimore one weekend and went to one of the nightclubs. She said that all she could see walking in were white eyeballs and she got scurred. icon_eek.gif
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    May 02, 2013 5:19 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidA young black woman I worked with told me she went to visit Baltimore one weekend and went to one of the nightclubs. She said that all she could see walking in were white eyeballs and she got scurred. icon_eek.gif


    Ohh laaaaaawd, what am I getting myself into.
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    May 02, 2013 5:41 PM GMT
    showme saidOh good lord, people. Baltimore can be quite nice. It's very very different from DC, an old fashioned Northeastern city with real neighborhoods full of long-term residents and local charm (it's "Charm City" after all), with all of their idiosyncracies. Lots of kooky hip stuff going on, and always has been. I love DC, but in some ways Baltimore is vastly more interesting. What else would you expect from the home of John Waters and Divine?


    Thanks for some kind of hope. I knew it can't be that bad, but people said the exact same things about LA when I was moving here, turned out to be amazing.
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    May 02, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    I was there years ago and I seem to remember it being pretty nice
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    May 02, 2013 5:46 PM GMT
    ohboy said
    showme saidOh good lord, people. Baltimore can be quite nice. It's very very different from DC, an old fashioned Northeastern city with real neighborhoods full of long-term residents and local charm (it's "Charm City" after all), with all of their idiosyncracies. Lots of kooky hip stuff going on, and always has been. I love DC, but in some ways Baltimore is vastly more interesting. What else would you expect from the home of John Waters and Divine?


    Thanks for some kind of hope. I knew it can't be that bad, but people said the exact same things about LA when I was moving here, turned out to be amazing.


    It's an old-line industrial city, much more working class, which is I think where a lot of the feelings about it come from. Eat steamed crabs, drink lots of Natty Bo (National Bohemian beer). I'm not a huge baseball fan, but the Orioles' stadium (Camden Yards) is really cool, it started the whole trend towards old fashioned ballparks. Definitely check out a game if you're there in baseball season.
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    May 02, 2013 5:56 PM GMT
    it's been pretty boring since the wire ended
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    May 02, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
    ohboy said
    Fiyero27 said

    Overall though, Baltimore has a lot of crime and is relatively small. However, it has one of the best hospitals and trauma centers in the world and it's within driving distance to Washington, D.C.


    How ironic icon_smile.gif
    Johns Hopkins comes in handy for all the gun shot wounds that come through there.
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    May 03, 2013 5:07 AM GMT
    Don't believe everything you read here or see on "The Wire."

    Baltimore is actually quite lovely. There are many nice neighborhoods, and the people are very friendly. It costs about half what you would pay in DC, and that city is just an hour away, if you yearn for something more cosmopolitan.

    You will find it very similar to Philadelphia.
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    May 03, 2013 5:48 AM GMT
    Not counting the airport, I've been there a couple of times, for a few days. Mostly working. I had some afternoons off and went for walks. (e.g. From the inner harbor to Ft. McHenry, or the arboretum, and back) When I mentioned to the concierge where I'd been, he was horrified. "You could have been killed !"
    Nothing seemed particularly threatening, but it all seemed sort of crowded and dirty to me, but I am not a huge fan of cities in the first place.

    BTW: If you are at Ft. McHenry at closing time, they make you help fold the big flag.