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Old 10-04-2020, 03:59 PM
 
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Hi all,

I'm entertaining the idea of moving to Baltimore (urban living for relatively low costs), and I'm thinking about visiting next weekend. How open is it currently? I see that restaurant and casino capacity is currently at 50%. Do you need reservations at most places to dine? How do things work at bars?

Thanks!
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Old 10-04-2020, 07:38 PM
 
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Old 10-08-2020, 05:23 PM
 
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Probably a bit better than 50%. If you drive from NJ and wear your mask, you should be okay. Try to find a hotel that is maybe half full. The nicer areas near the inner harbor are not all that cheap, and Baltimore city property taxes are sky high. As a rule of thumb, things like property taxes, car insurance, etc. are about double in Baltimore city compared to Baltimore county. Depending on where you want to live, housing in the county is not necessarily that much more expensive than the city, though there are surely exceptions. Crime is more of an issue in the city, but not everywhere. Some parts of the city are nakedly dangerous, e.g. west Baltimore. Other parts, say Roland Park or much of Federal Hill, are quite safe. It all depends on your budget and lifestyle preferences.
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Old 10-10-2020, 08:16 AM
 
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I was in the office twice this week and noticed how the downtown area was clear of both pedestrians and traffic. The parking lots, which would normally be near full capacity, sat empty. And I was lovin every minute of it.
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Old 10-12-2020, 06:09 PM
 
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I was in the office twice this week and noticed how the downtown area was clear of both pedestrians and traffic. The parking lots, which would normally be near full capacity, sat empty. And I was lovin every minute of it.


I have gotten COVID Tested several times at the Convention Center downtown and street parking a few blocks away is readily available. I was surprised the lines are not longer at the COVID test sites... though granted it is not a pleasant experience....


Traffic is pretty much non existent except on Lombard Pratt and MLK.. For some reasons they are always problematic.. but outside of rush hour they seem to be OK.


I went to Fells to have dinner at Barcocina...With the streets blocked off the area is quite festive and manageable.. I admit I got out of there before 10pm..when many of the bars turn into "clubs" and a younger more rowdy crowd turns out..at least that is how it was during the summer.
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Old 10-13-2020, 06:20 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies. I was in town this past weekend and had a pretty good trip. The city definitely left a good impression. Ate at Sammy's Trattoria (which was pretty average compared to its ratings), Spoons (was kind of average compared to its ratings too), and Thames Street Oyster House. The people seemed down-to-earth and were friendlier than I expected. I liked how some rowhouses had rooftop decks which kind of seems unique to Baltimore. The only thing I didn't like was that a lot of the homes were around the same color and some blocks seemed indistinguishable, but I liked Baltimore's overall aesthetics (I'm a fan of brick) and the fact it wasn't filled with those plastic-looking "new-Urban" apartment buildings.

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Old 10-13-2020, 08:46 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies. I was in town this past weekend and had a pretty good trip. The city definitely left a good impression. Ate at Sammy's Trattoria (which was pretty average compared to its ratings), Spoons (was kind of average compared to its ratings too), and Thames Street Oyster House. The people seemed down-to-earth and were friendlier than I expected. I liked how some rowhouses had rooftop decks which kind of seems unique to Baltimore. The only thing I didn't like was that a lot of the homes were around the same color and some blocks seemed indistinguishable, but I liked Baltimore's overall aesthetics (I'm a fan of brick) and the fact it wasn't filled with those plastic-looking "new-Urban" apartment buildings.
You should check out Charles Village/Abell/Barclay/Remington and the areas around JHU Homewood.. These rowhomes are more "colorful" and have a mixture of traditional rowhomes and rowhouses with covered porches some even with small yards. Even a little further north in Hampden and Woodberry as some may have suggested.
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Old 10-13-2020, 09:55 AM
 
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You should check out Charles Village/Abell/Barclay/Remington and the areas around JHU Homewood.. These rowhomes are more "colorful" and have a mixture of traditional rowhomes and rowhouses with covered porches some even with small yards. Even a little further north in Hampden and Woodberry as some may have suggested.
Yeah, Roland Avenue comes to mind.

Downtown is not the place to see much unusual architecture. Some.

Further north, Saint Pauls, Charles Street, Mount Vernon.... You can see some unusual architecture from 83 if you are paying attention.

Everybody comes to Baltimore and they base everything off downtown, Harbor Place, Fells Point......
The city was not setup that way.
The Harbor was a dirty port for centuries! The OP has to go uptown to see anything.
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Old 10-13-2020, 10:30 AM
 
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Yeah, Roland Avenue comes to mind.

Downtown is not the place to see much unusual architecture. Some.

Further north, Saint Pauls, Charles Street, Mount Vernon.... You can see some unusual architecture from 83 if you are paying attention.

Everybody comes to Baltimore and they base everything off downtown, Harbor Place, Fells Point......
The city was not setup that way.
The Harbor was a dirty port for centuries! The OP has to go uptown to see anything.

Yeah folks come to Baltimore and either dont know or are fearful of venturing far from the waterfront. Not saying the OP is in that category.. just a general statement. I see a growing outmigration or at least people choosing areas in North Baltimore as newer renovated housing and retail are being developed. Seems like when people "age out" of Fed Hill and Canton. They choose neighborhoods in north Baltimore to raise a family IF THEY STAY in the City. North Baltimore seems more family oriented and slightly less property crime and significantly less violent crime than areas around the water especially those associated with bars and drinking establishments.. That said, Charles Village/Abell/ Barclay may have similiar challenges as some of the waterfront neighborhoods.. but Medfield, Hampden, Woodberry and certainly Roland Park, Guilford, and Homewood (if you can afford to get in them) have less violent and property crime.. More affordable options with lower crime include Mt. Washington and over on the east.. Lauraville, Hamilton, and Beverly Hills.
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Old 10-13-2020, 10:56 PM
 
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That's because the best part of the city is North. The best part of the Metro is North.
Although York Road is an ugly commercial zone some very nice areas are near it.

Coming out of the City on Falls Road is really nice. Most of Falls Road, or near it is choice.....
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