Baltimore is the largest and perhaps, the most popular city in Maryland. Also called the Charm City, there are several awesome reasons why people dubbed Baltimore as the city of charm. But, what is actually the life living in Baltimore? It’s about time we must know from the locals and city tourists what it feels to live a life in this amazing city.
First up is an article written by Jonathan Rogers in The Baltimore Sun about the daily life hassles in Baltimore. Read the article below to find out Baltimore’s daily life struggle.
The Daily Hassles of Life in Baltimore
I was born in Baltimore. I have lived here pretty much my entire life. I love it. I defend it to critics. But Baltimore has problems. I’m not referring to the well-documented (and hugely important) problems of our murder rate or crime in general. I’m not referring to drugs, gangs or problems with our schools.
I’m referring to the everyday annoyances of living in Baltimore. These are not things that affect public safety, but they do affect public happiness. They are the day-in and day-out hassles of life, and in Baltimore, it feels like they’re getting worse. I’m genuinely worried that this slide could lead residents to throw up their hands and conclude that it isn’t worth it to live or work here anymore.
What’s worse: All of these headaches are avoidable.
I wish I could ask the mayor to accompany me on my daily commute. It’s not very long — from Cross Keys to the Inner Harbor — but every step of the way is filled with examples of what I’m talking about.
We begin with the roller coaster that Falls Road has become, after its serial unsuccessful repaving attempts on the south-bound side of the street near Poly and Western high schools. After a brief ride on I-83 south, we get to choose which congested route to take into the downtown area: the one choked by bike lanes (Maryland Avenue) or the one choked by bus lanes (Guilford Avenue). Before cutting these streets’ vehicular capacities, did anyone think about the impact on traffic and drive times?
Guilford Avenue was my route of choice about a year ago, when I saw barriers and a construction fence blocking the left-hand lane of South Street, which Guilford turns into after crossing Baltimore Street. I assumed construction of some kind would begin shortly, and there would be a temporary headache — all in the name of progress. Over the next three months, whatever construction happened was not visible to me, but the fence remained to impede traffic all the same. A street view of the area on Google maps shows the fence there, with what appears to be concrete work being done on the roadway in November, but why it went on so long is a mystery. My multiple calls to the Department of Public Works, 3-1-1 and the mayor’s office to ask who authorized the construction of the fence on a public roadway and why, went unanswered. Eventually, the fence came down. See full post here…
There are several advantages and disadvantages when a city like Baltimore started to boom and receive tremendous economic success and progress. Among the noticeable cons is the growing population of Baltimore due to the more work opportunities created by economic progress, among others. Check out this article written by Alec MacGillis in Slate as he also shares his experience living in the city.
My Baltimore Bargain
My corner of the city is an ideal place to live. But the awkward truth is that it is attainable because it’s in a deeply troubled city.
The three fire trucks heaved to a stop right outside our house in Baltimore on Tuesday night, all red and white flashing lights, as firefighters jumped out to unspool their hoses. Our younger son leaped out of bed and screamed: “There’s something wrong!” But there was nothing wrong. It was a false alarm, and the fact that the department had been able to spare three trucks for it was a sign that things had started to quiet down in the city. Curious neighbors stepping onto their porches were left to contemplate a particularly incongruous moment for the Baltimore Idyll.
What is the Baltimore Idyll? It is one of the East Coast’s best-kept secrets, to which my family and I returned two years ago from Washington. It is the swath of a major city within easy reach of Washington and New York where middle- and barely upper-middle-class professionals can live in a style that their counterparts in those cities could never dream of. They can buy grand 19th-century townhouses or gabled Victorians with wraparound porches for the price of a one-bedroom apartment in Park Slope or Dupont Circle. A short drive from their leafy neighborhoods—the Idyll is based in a large contiguous expanse of the northern section of the city, with pockets in the central, southern, and southeastern—they can enjoy superb theater and a top-tier symphony orchestra, at modest prices.
They can get into excellent restaurants without a wait, frequent unimpeachably authentic bars, see first-run films in Art Deco splendor, pick up growlers from breweries in old mills, take runs on wooded streambed paths. They can raise their children with less of the high-achiever stress than one finds in more exclusive locales. These are not gentrifiers—the neighborhoods they live in have, for the most part, been desirable addresses from the start. They are not particularly affluent people who are getting to live the way relatively ordinary people could once live in cities that have now gotten fancy.
But there is a catch. The Idyll is so attainable for nonaristocracy because it is located within a deeply troubled city. It requires a relatively healthy local economy for its sustenance. But if Baltimore’s economy were stronger, if its poorer neighborhoods were not so racked by violence and despair, and if the notoriety of that violence and despair did not so shadow the city’s national reputation, the Baltimore Idyll would not be so affordable for the shabbily genteel—it’s as simple as that. The city with one of the most appealing and accessible urban areas in the country is the same city that has some of the country’s most devastated neighborhoods, and this is not entirely a coincidence. It is an awkward truth, and many in the Idyll understandably try not to dwell on it too much. But last week, the Idyll was confronted, in the starkest possible terms, with the full picture of its bargain with the city. Click here to read the rest of this post…
With the housing rates and life in general in Baltimore is currently cheap, this is the right time for people to stay in Charm City for good with affordable housing and more opportunities to find a good job since start-up companies often favor emerging and progressive not-so-popular cities like Baltimore. Read the article below written by Fredrick Kunkle in The Washington Post confirming the affordability of life and housing in Baltimore.
Come to Baltimore, Where The Housing is Cheap — and Life Is Too
Tired of paying high rent in D.C.? Don’t mind riding the train for an hour or more? Or getting shot? Move to Baltimore!
A new ad campaign is trying to persuade Washingtonians to relocate to Maryland’s biggest city because it’s cheaper to live there.
The campaign – which was initiated by the nonprofit civic booster Live Baltimore and first reported by The Baltimore Sun — says housing prices in Baltimore are so low that you might be better off living in Charm City and commuting to D.C. The campaign’s ads compare a $669,000 house near Union Station in the nation’s capital to a comparable home costing $299,000 near Baltimore’s Penn Station.
The ads, part of a broader effort to sell Baltimore to Washingtonians, have run in social media, Washington City Paper and on MARC trains, which connect the two cities.
According to the Sun the number of people commuting from Baltimore to D.C. for work has nearly doubled in recent years, from about 3,000 to about 5,940, according to most recent American Community Survey estimates from the U.S. Census. The Maryland Transit Administration, which runs MARC, also reports a small uptick in the number of people traveling to D.C. from the city.
Ernst Valery, a developer hoping to break ground on an apartment building near Penn Station, told the Sun that Baltimore has the potential to “be a bigger city than D.C.,” that Baltimore has “grit,” and that “D.C. feels like a Disneyland sometimes.”
Eugene Poverni, a principal at Poverni Sheikh Group, also described his ambitions for Baltimore as being the next Jersey City or Brooklyn, apparently because of its proximity to Disneyland, the Sun reported. See full post here…
With the housing price rates and life in Baltimore currently at the cheap, this is the perfect opportunity to start living in the city for good with the opportunity it brought both to the locals and newcomers. With this current trend, it is a perfect opportunity to invest in real estate. Don’t know how to start? we at Dependable Homebuyers can help you in your decision making. To learn more about Baltimore and its awesome opportunity to grow, visit our website https://www.dependablehomebuyers.com/maryland/baltimore to learn more.
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