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Old 12-07-2008, 12:35 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, I am applying to a Doctoral program in Baltimore, and I was wondering what areas of the city are good to look at apartments in, and where a good place to live would be. I am heading down to do a campus tour in a couple of months, and thought I would walk some neighborhoods to get an idea of where to live. I know we have tons of MD brewers, so what areas would you guys reccomend going towards and staying away from.

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I don't live in Baltimore but I go there a lot for work.

My co-workers took me to this place in downtown Baltimore called "Nightshift". It was awesome.

That's all I have to add.

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as far away as possible?

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Do you have a car? If so, live in the suburbs.

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My co-workers took me to this place in downtown Baltimore called "Nightshift". It was awesome.
Haven't been there in about 14 years.

What school, Donasay? Hopkins? University of MD Baltimore?

I lived in http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Catonsville,+MD&sll=39.335658,-76.614532&sspn=0.023334,0.038624&ie=UTF8&ll=39.268145,-76.68766&spn=0.090238,0.154495&z=13&g=Catonsville,+MD, just outside of Baltimore for about 10 years and worked in Baltimore City for some time as well. Was born in Catonsville, actually and spent a good bit of my childhood there since my grandparents lived there as well.

Canton, Fells Point and Federal Hill are decent areas but pricey! The area near Hopkins U. and just north isn't bad either.

Aside from that, as Redskins pointed out (which was good advice for a suburban DC Redskins fan ) there are good areas to live in that are a quick hop. So I'll throw out Catonsville, Halethorpe, Arbutus, Linthicum, Elkridge, Hanover, Glen Burnie, Rosedale, Parkville, and Cockeysville for consideration. Besides the Light Rail that runs into Baltimore, you have 295, 83, and 95 making it pretty quick to get into town.
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I am looking at hopkins, and I do have a car, but I prefer to bike or take public transportation. I live in Boston currently and have not driven my car since Thanksgiving, prior to that I had not driven it in about 4 weeks. I like having a car but not driving every day....

I guess the main obstacle now is that I have to learn the neighborhood names, I am going in the spring to take a walk around, so I'll get to see first hand at that time, but just wanted to get a feel for what is out there.

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Good Area of Baltimore To Live in?

As someone that has lived in the "sticks" about an hour northeast of Baltimore...the quick answer is .....None....

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I went to Hopkins. I assume you will be attending the University, and not at the Hospital. They are totally different areas you don't want to live anywhere near the Hospital. The area within a few blocks of the university is okay, but once you leave that area though it goes downhill rapidly. Baltimore is a very checkerboard city, good areas interspersed with rough neighborhoods. It doesn't take long to figure out where the good areas are if you drive around a bit and explore.

Good luck in your hunt and your Dr.

Rick

(edited to correct horrendous spelling and grammer. I don't need the post police after me)

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I would seriously consider the burbs. Baltimore City police is pretty crappy too, so even if your in a decent area, you are still under the will of the crappy police. BPD hires just about anyone who wants to be a cop.

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Since you say Doctoral Program, I'm assuming Hopkins or UMAB

If you have a car:
Suburbs:
Linthicum
Severna Park
Odenton

Basic rule for suburbs: Inside the Beltway = Bad, outside the Beltway = OK (the further the better)

If you have no car: Mount Vernon is best, IMO unless you want to pay the stupidly expensive prices of Canton. Stay away from "North Canton". There is no such thing and its really more like "South Highlandtown" which is the epicenter of white trash in America.

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