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Old 04-08-2013, 01:38 PM
 
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Despite this, we're having a real renaissance in the arts. Musicians locate here to access cheap housing and ease of access to other cities. Friends of mine can play a gig in NY and Philadelphia in the same weekend, then around town in Baltimore with other talented musicians during the week. Some local groups that are big on the "alternative" circuit include Dan Deacon, Beach House, and Wye Oak. And, elements Baltimore Club, a specific type of dance music from here, can be found in lots of popular hip hop and R&B tracks. MIA, Diplo, Rye Rye, and Blaqstarr are responsible for that.
I've been wondering about that. DC is insanely expensive so I've been wondering where the typical person who falls under the starving artist stereotype would choose to live. Outside of it, you have two cities, Richmond and Baltimore, that are much less inexpensive than DC where they could go. I know Richmond has a pretty big and growing art scene and has been gentrifying in a lot of parts due to people coming in and wanting to live in old run down neighborhoods and old factories.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:52 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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I've been wondering about that. DC is insanely expensive so I've been wondering where the typical person who falls under the starving artist stereotype would choose to live. Outside of it, you have two cities, Richmond and Baltimore, that are much less inexpensive than DC where they could go. I know Richmond has a pretty big and growing art scene and has been gentrifying in a lot of parts due to people coming in and wanting to live in old run down neighborhoods and old factories.
I don't know a lot about Richmond but one advantage of Baltimore is the proximity not only to DC but to the rest of the megalopolis. It's still about 100 miles to DC from Richmond and there ain't a lot of places nearby for a musician to make money.

Richmond had a very big punk and hardcore scene years ago, don't know about now.

There are some communities in PG county MD who have tried to attract priced out DC artists.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:53 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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I think what people overlook about Baltimore isn't it's urban nature, but its sheer size. It's really quite large, but the parts of it people from outside go to and know about are all in a small area around the harbor or (for college students) just up Charles Street.
Much of it is of no interest to tourists, you're right.
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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I wonder if I could afford this investment:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Balti...2,31.76,,0,0.5

Huh. Is this West Philly (by UPenn)?

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Balti...94.97,,0,-3.18
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I wonder if I could afford this investment:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Balti...2,31.76,,0,0.5
The evening view is more impressive.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Balti...23,,0,0.5&z=14

This gives the streetview some more texture.


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Old 04-08-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Downtown Norfolk and the Ghent section of Norfolk are probably IMO one of the best kept secrets in the SE. First off, Norfolk is probably one of the densest cities in the south, there are some amazing older larger apartment buildings in the in the area and the homes have some amazing architecture. Ghent is very walkable and everything there is pretty compact. Now in downtown Norfolk, theres the light rail and theres plenty of street level retail down there now. The urbanity down in that area probably crushes almost anything that we have down here in the south. People say Hampton Roads is probably one of the sprawled out regions and that is true, but people don't realize that the city of Norfolk dates back to the 1700s and many of the immediate neighborhoods were built before the automobile. I wish that I had pictures to post but next time I go back, I'll be sure to take some. Richmond is also another surprisingly urban city as well.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:12 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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I wonder if I could afford this investment:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Balti...2,31.76,,0,0.5
I bet you could get for cheap (if you could afford the tax lien). It's possibly owned by the city, which bundles and offloads vacants for redevelopment.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:53 PM
 
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I wonder if I could afford this investment:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Balti...2,31.76,,0,0.5

Huh. Is this West Philly (by UPenn)?

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Balti...94.97,,0,-3.18
That block in Baltimore is the very definition of "bleak"--I couldn't imagine waking up to that every morning. I would be on the first bus/train/plane out of there.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:36 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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That block in Baltimore is the very definition of "bleak"--I couldn't imagine waking up to that every morning. I would be on the first bus/train/plane out of there.
The whole block looks to be vacant to me; I don't think anyone is waking up to it.

Meanwhile, 6 blocks over:

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Old 04-08-2013, 08:13 PM
 
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The whole block looks to be vacant to me; I don't think anyone is waking up to it.
Nobody who isn't drunk and drugged out of their mind, anyway. Those houses are shells at best and some of them have no roofs (I'm not even sure how that happens without a fire, unless they were abandoned for a very long time). Someone had that block listed as their address as of last year though:

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