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Baltimore: small town charm with big city culture

 

It's difficult to grasp the pleasant quirks of Baltimore until you experience them firsthand. The waterfront city with a working port mentality, the best crab cakes in the world - it's been agreed by every reliable expert - whether in a hot new café in Canton or Fells Point or in the Cross Street or Lexington Markets. There is a complexity and duality to the personality of the city that makes any attempt at generalization foolhardy. But for many, once you get a chance to really see it, taste it, live it you just might fall in love with the big city little town nicknamed Charm City.

"We've managed to embrace the things that many cities try to hide, and we've embraced them with humor. I think that's why Baltimore is such a good place to live," John Waters, a Baltimore native and writer/director of films and inspiration for Broadway musicals, said.

A southern city, separated from the south by the nation's capital, Baltimore's popular downtown is less than 10 minutes from each of the Baltimore campuses and 40 miles north of the D.C. campus of Johns Hopkins. One hour south of Philadelphia by train or 90 minutes by car and under three hours by train to Manhattan, Baltimore is in the middle of it all. In addition to Baltimore, the state of Maryland is home to miles of lush rolling horse farms in the north, mountain ranges and lakes in the west and a lively little coastal gem of a city in the state capital.

Baltimore has major professional sports teams and an energetic local following for the college teams, an innovative and multicultural art scene, rich and dynamic entertainment districts and venues and a unique kind of local pride. Whether your campus is in Washington, D.C., East Baltimore, at the Peabody Conservatory, at the Downtown Center or Homewood Campus on Charles you're going to find something interesting to see and do, it's just impossible to imagine what it might be.

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