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View Poll Results: Which would you live in if you HAD to choose.
East St Louis 25 20.33%
Camden 98 79.67%
Voters: 123. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 06-26-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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^^^ I've never understood Baltimore row houses. What was the attraction? Plain brick buildings with walk-up stoops, no porches, no architectural adornments. The ones covered in faux brick tar paper (or whatever) are especially ugly. I don't get it. Why was this ever considered "living?" The city was destined to become a slum because the housing was so cheap and ugly. Why?
Baltimore is (was) an industrial city, and its housing was built small and cheap to pack in the hordes of low-wage factory workers. Porches take up space that just wasn't available on the narrow, closely-set streets. And architectural adornments cost money. The covering you refer to is "Formstone" and some consider it to be a symbol of Baltimore's endearing quirkiness. (Me, I just think it's kind of ugly. But that's just me.)

As for the original post, I'd pick Camden, simply because I've been there before and thus have some familarity with it, whereas I've never been to East St. Louis (except for driving through it on I-64).
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:09 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Camden for sure. It's right across the bridge, and one subway stop away from nice parts of a big city. You could live in one of those waterfront lofts and basically spend no time in Camden.

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Old 06-26-2014, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY $$$
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Camden because I'm use to the east coast.
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY $$$
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The bad areas of Camden look worse than East St. Louis. But it's obviously still a city, you could see people walking on the street, people out on the porch. East St. Louis is houses scattered among fields. Fields don't look that scary. There's probably no one out there at 1:30 am, or most hours. But on the small chance you do meet someone… there'll be no one to hear you scream.
It's just an east coast thing.
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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It's just an east coast thing.
What is?
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:54 PM
 
Location: The Bay
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I've been to both, would rather buy in Camden because property there has a much better chance to appreciate. Downtown Camden is also in much better shape than anywhere in ESL. I wouldn't like living in either though.
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:58 PM
 
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Who even comes up with threads like these?
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Old 06-27-2014, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I don't know, I found this one more interesting than most. Learned a good bit about Camden and a little about ESL.
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Old 06-27-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Agreed. This thread has been one of the more creative and informative threads on City Data.

Usually the threads on here are garbage.
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Old 06-27-2014, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Agreed. This thread has been one of the more creative and informative threads on City Data.

Usually the threads on here are garbage.
Agreed on both points!
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