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View Poll Results: Which is the best?
Baltimore 37 30.58%
Cleveland 27 22.31%
Charlotte 57 47.11%
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:36 AM
 
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Currently live in Baltimore but have family in both Cleveland and Charlotte. Thinking about if we should stay or go and if we should go where to Cleveland or Charlotte?

Last edited by Bo; 03-30-2009 at 11:27 AM.. Reason: Tweaked title to make it clearer that this is not a competitive comparison, so it is on-topic for General US.
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:40 AM
 
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Just my opinion.....

Baltimore is one big ghetto and is expensive

Cleveland is VERY cold. I am up for cold weather as long as the city has a lot of entertainment and things to do (such as nyc, philly, chicago). The weather in cleveland does not outweigh the activities. From 2000 to 2007 the population of the cleveland metro area declined for a reason

Charlotte. It is a ok small-medium sized city. It is growing and it has the second biggest banking industry in the u.s. behind nyc. Personally, I would not be thrilled with Charlotte, but imo it is way better than Baltimore or Cleveland. I would still consider Charlotte the deep south

If you have family in those places then you should just visit for a long weekend and make your own choice
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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I live in Baltimore but have been to both Cleveland and Charlotte numerous times. With no offense to the other two, I'll stick with Baltimore. With the economy in it's throws, I would be hesitant to move to either of the two cities. Both are experiencing some setbacks. But, even with a good economy, I would stay here.
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Just my opinion.....

Baltimore is one big ghetto and is expensive

Cleveland is VERY cold. I am up for cold weather as long as the city has a lot of entertainment and things to do (such as nyc, philly, chicago). The weather in cleveland does not outweigh the activities. From 2000 to 2007 the population of clevelands metro declined for a reason

Charlotte. It is a ok small to medium sized city. It is growing and it has the second biggest banking industry in the u.s. behind nyc. Personally, I would not be thrilled with Charlotte, but imo it is way better than Baltimore or Cleveland

If you have family in those places then you should just visit for a long weekend and make your own choice
Baltimore definitely has some tough neighborhoods, but if a person is interested in living in the city, it has way more interesting neighborhoods to choose from that are both safe and convenient. It's downtown is much more active. It's location is better for both mountain and sea getaways.

However, if you are a "car" guy who can't live without driving everywhere, I would probably choose Charlotte. Just not for me though.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Baltimore definitely has some tough neighborhoods, but if a person is interested in living in the city, it has way more interesting neighborhoods to choose from that are both safe and convenient. It's downtown is much more active. It's location is better for both mountain and sea getaways.

However, if you are a "car" guy who can't live without driving everywhere, I would probably choose Charlotte. Just not for me though.
I agree. That's just a stereotype about Baltimore. There are a ton of nice areas. Chicago, NYC, DC, and LA are just as bad if you are going to degrade it for having a few tough neighborhoods. The crime rate seems to be dropping very fast. Every large city, especially those on the east coast, is going to be similar.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:26 AM
 
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I would stick with Baltimore if I were you.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:31 AM
 
Location: RVA
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Baltimore has the most character. Charlotte has none, as far as I've seen. Cleveland doesn't seem nearly as bad as people make it out to be, but if I were forced to choose between the three, I'd go with Baltimore.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Baltimore has some fantastic neighborhoods.

Downtown:



Mt. Vernon:



Bolton Hill:



Federal Hill:



Patterson Park:



Additionally the Inner Harbor and Fells Point are great too.
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Old 03-29-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Eh... I would rank them

Baltimore (decent, and you have DC with good public trans into it)
Charlotte (just kina blah... if I was in that region I would go to Atlanta no questions, but I haven't spent as much time in this city... from what I have though it doesn't seem like there is much to it, downtown seemed kina new and shiny, but not much culture to it.)
Cleveland (seems to be dying, spent a December there and was pretty dull and bleak... depressing... On contrast December in next door neighbors Chicago and to a lesser extent even Pittsburgh there is still quite a bit going on.)
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Old 03-29-2009, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Those rowhomes in Balto look great - if you're a professor at Johns Hopkins.
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