Obviously different strokes for different folks but I couldn't believe Baltimore would be included on this list. I've lived here (Ridgely's Delight) for 4 years and can't wait to get out. The constant threat of being mugged is enough to keep you away from the city. Please, I implore you, follow the Baltimore Police twitter handle. I like to play this game called, "How Close Is the Murder to my House."
it depends on the neighborhood. the downtown area outside the major touristy streets is sketchy late at night just because desperate homeless people live there. i walk around my neighborhood at 1 AM from bars all the time and i see more cops than shady people. when i look at crime maps the only crime that ever regularly happens in Mt. Vernon is larceny from vehicle, just don't leave valuables in your car and you're fine.
|Are there some highlights to the city? Sure, but comparing it to other cities I've visited for extended periods of time (Boston, NYC, Atlanta, New Orleans, San Diego, DC, LA, Seattle -- sick brag) is funny to me. I've had my fair share of good times at Camden Yards, Fells, Canton, Fed Hill, and Mt. Vernon, but they don't match up with the hotspots of other cities. I know money plays a huge factor for you, but the other aspects you mentioned are a little exaggerated, and those pictures are super deceiving.|
i actually thought i couldn't find enough pictures of how many fancy old buildings are all around in Mt. Vernon. my opinion of Baltimore may not be quite as high if i got to spend extended time in all those cities. but i really like that i can get all kinds of city experiences in a small package here. i live walking or biking distance from literally everything i want to experience, other cities may have better transit, but several totally different and really cool parts of Baltimore are sandwiched together.
i can walk or bike to: several art museums, the baseball and football stadium, an aquarium, dive bars that play Sonic Youth and The Flaming Lips and The Weakerthans and ambient music, probably like 10 sushi restaurants and 25 italian restaurants, a subculture book store (Red Emma's), my go-to record store (Soundgarden), an indie movie theatre (Charles Theatre), two arenas that host everything from The Globetrotters (First Mariner Arena) to Sesame Street (The Lyric), a couple head shops, all kinds of places playing local music nightly (open mics, bars, small venues, huge venues, no frills basements, even pizza places), a comedy club, 3 city parks, etc. and i can walk my suitcase 5 minutes to a light rail station that takes me to the airport.
most cities, you have to pay an enormous amount to live with such convenience, or otherwise you're spending more time and money on transit. in DC even when you take the, like, 6 dollar subway you still have to walk like fuck through miles of residential area to get where you want to be. here, it all feels like part of a resident's local domain and thats what kind of sets this city apart for me. it's nice living somewhere you get all that in a 2 mile radius, and even if you decide to drive if you take the right streets (for me it's Calvert going north, St. Paul going south) you hit all green lights and cross the downtown area in less than 10 minutes.
|Hoping that my trip next week to Breckenridge/Denver will supplant Seattle as my favorite city (Vancouver is my all-time favorite).|
i do want to live near Seattle and visit Denver extremely badly.