Feb 05 2008

Wanted: a Safe Place to Live in Baltimore…

Published by at 6:36 pm under Restaurants

So I received an email from a reader who was concerned because her daughter is considering relocating to Baltimore.? Her daughter is looking into working at Hopkins Hospital (I assume main campus).

“Everyone in my state warns that it’s not safe to live in Baltimore.”? We’ll they’re right. Haven’t you see The Wire – it’s only the best show on television for the last 5 years.? In this city you’re either a corner boy, stoop boy, junkie, or police.? Okay – it’s not actually that bad.? Actually most of the city is pretty safe.? I explained just like any other city, Baltimore has its good and bad spots.? But in Baltimore those areas tend to intersect more than in some other cities.? Take Federal Hill for example.? One of the “nicest” and most expensive neighborhoods in Baltimore sits only a few block from public housing.? And South Fed. Hill (at least that’s what realtors call it) continues to have its share of robberies and other issues.

She was also concerned about safety in the immediate area around the hospital and getting to and from public parking.? I have only driven by the hospital a couple times, but I assume it’s safe enough with security patrols etc.? Hopefully someone else here can provide some more insightful info.

Her other question – “What area would be best for a 25 year old female commuting to John Hopkins to live?”? My response; Canton or Locust Point.? Canton because it probably has the highest concentration of 20-somethings, plenty of nightlife, is safe, and is pretty close to Hopkins.? Locust Point because I’m biased and because it is probably the safest neighborhood in the city.? But it really depends on what your looking for.? Any other recommendations?


13 Comments to “Wanted: a Safe Place to Live in Baltimore…”

  1. Jeffon 05 Feb 2008 at 7:52 pm

    I believe the statistic is that 91% of Baltimore’s murder victims have previous criminal records. I’m guessing that most of those crimes constitute drug crimes or gun crimes. I’m also guessing that a large portion of victims of violent crime in general also have prior criminal records. I would suggest to the concerned mother, that as long as her daughter doesn’t involve herself with local criminals, that she probably isn’t at any greater risk of being a victim of a serious crime any more so than in another urban area.

  2. Jeffon 05 Feb 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Follow this link to an interesting article. Same topic.


  3. Chamon 05 Feb 2008 at 10:35 pm

    When did it become the mother’s choice which neighborhood her grown gainfully employed daughter lives? Umbilical chord…snip.

  4. Strubeon 06 Feb 2008 at 10:41 am

    Upper Fells Point/Butchers Hill. Just as safe as Canton with just as many younger people. It can be a bit rougher above Baltimore St but still nice. Its also cheaper and within walking distance to the campus (>1 mile).

  5. UABon 06 Feb 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I used to work in Jonestown, which is just across President street from the Inner Harbor. While it is a scary looking neighborhood because of the large number of homeless, it is as safe as Mount Vernon because you have BCPD HQ and Central Station right across the street.

  6. Jeffon 06 Feb 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I spoke to a friend of mine who works at the Johns Hopkins Hospital campus in East Baltimore. She said that workers typically park off site in the parking lots off of Fallsway in Jonestown and take shuttle buses to the hospital. Security at Hopkins Hospital is tight as a button. They essentially have a security guard on every corner. I haven’t heard of any recent problems. I do notice a lot of doctors and nurses that live in my neighborhood – Canton, but I also know people who work at the hospital that live in Federal Hill or Harbor East.

  7. Joshuaon 06 Feb 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Hampden is my favorite neighborhood to walk around in. It’s safe. It’s got some decent restaurants which aren’t as pricey
    as Canton. There’s plenty of street parking. Close to Johns Hopkins University main campus. Worth a look!

  8. Granton 07 Feb 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Canton, Fells Point and Mt. Vernon are definitely safe neighborhoods and they’re all close to Hopkins. And — yes, I’m biased because I live here — Patterson Park is even closer to Hopkins and is getting better all the time. New, young people are moving into the area, the neighborhood association is very active, and there are a number of good organizations doing community work in the area, most notably the Friends of Patterson Park and the Patterson Park CDC. Additionally, you can get a lot of house for great prices here. Give it five years — Patterson Park will be one of the city’s great neighborhoods.

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