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View Poll Results: What city is the most comparable to Baltimore?
Philadelphia 60 39.74%
Wilmington (Delaware) 24 15.89%
Washington, D.C. 14 9.27%
Norfolk 6 3.97%
Richmond 12 7.95%
Pittsburgh 11 7.28%
Boston 3 1.99%
Other 21 13.91%
Voters: 151. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-05-2021, 01:48 PM
 
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Philadelphia ... in a walk. Baltimore is Philly's little brother.
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Old 02-05-2021, 02:16 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-Tex
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I'll say Chicago because Trump dismissed both of them as sh*ttowns. Thread closed!
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Old 02-05-2021, 02:31 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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I'll say Chicago because Trump dismissed both of them as sh*ttowns. Thread closed!
Baltimore has a very faint pulse as of late... It had been completely dead over the last few years, but areas of the city are starting to show some signs of life.
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Old 02-05-2021, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Philadelphia ... in a walk. Baltimore is Philly's little brother.
Explain to everyone how these cities are so similar. I have lived in both. Baltimore is not Philly's little brother. Outside of "some" of the rowhome styles, these 2 cities are not similar.
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Old 02-05-2021, 03:18 PM
 
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Explain to everyone how these cities are so similar. I have lived in both. Baltimore is not Philly's little brother. Outside of "some" of the rowhome styles, these 2 cities are not similar.
There are none.
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Old 02-05-2021, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Washington DC
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Explain to everyone how these cities are so similar. I have lived in both. Baltimore is not Philly's little brother. Outside of "some" of the rowhome styles, these 2 cities are not similar.
Over 50% of people chose the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington area, so. He would be preaching to the choir of whether the two areas are similar?
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Old 02-05-2021, 04:43 PM
 
Location: 215
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There are none.
Don't do that. You and I both know, and have talked about the strong cultural similarities between the two cities.
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Old 02-05-2021, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Northern United States
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St. Louis is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay up there in the running for this one, for so many reasons:

--Both independent cities bordering suburban counties of their respective names
--Historically northern minded cities stuck in border states (north-south identity crisis)
--Similar demographics
--Similar reputation
--Similar metro/market size (DC notwithstanding)
--Similar orientation/urbanization patterns
--Similar social/political/economic dynamics
--Similar developmental evolution
Yeah don’t see why St. Louis, isn’t listed when honestly, I think it’s up there with philly in terms of comparability.

I think one interesting thing about the urban form/neighborhoods of Baltimore and St Louis is despite the severe decay throughout large portions of the city, they still have a lot of solid, somewhat large areas of middle to upper class areas. Areas like Lafayette Square and the Central West End come to mind in St Louis, and areas like Fells Point or Mount Vernon for Baltimore. This is somewhat unlike Detroit or Cleveland, other cities with pretty bad crime rates, but outside of a couple of small areas, and some gentrifying areas, are unfortunately pretty depressed throughout the city.
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Old 02-05-2021, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Yeah don’t see why St. Louis, isn’t listed when honestly, I think it’s up there with philly in terms of comparability.

I think one interesting thing about the urban form/neighborhoods of Baltimore and St Louis is despite the severe decay throughout large portions of the city, they still have a lot of solid, somewhat large areas of middle to upper class areas. Areas like Lafayette Square and the Central West End come to mind in St Louis, and areas like Fells Point or Mount Vernon for Baltimore. This is somewhat unlike Detroit or Cleveland, other cities with pretty bad crime rates, but outside of a couple of small areas, and some gentrifying areas, are unfortunately pretty depressed throughout the city.
I completely agree. I can buy St. Louis as a very comparable city.
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Old 02-05-2021, 05:19 PM
 
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Explain to everyone how these cities are so similar. I have lived in both. Baltimore is not Philly's little brother. Outside of "some" of the rowhome styles, these 2 cities are not similar.
NOTE: I've lived in both, too (and am currently living in one of them: Philly)

Both are old Colonial big cities that were very significant in America's founding.

They share the same general region; only 90 miles separating them.

Architecturally, some neighborhoods are nearly indistinguishable -- rowhouses in Baltimore are as similar to those in Philly as anywhere else; both in working-class neighborhoods and upscale ones, too (ie Fitler Square/Rittenhouse West = Mount Vernon)

Both are old port, historic shipping, longshoremen towns.

Both have tons of cobblestone streets (Hello: Fell's Point!) which I HATE driving on; (I'm not wild about walking them, either).

Both founded/were homes to the oldest, largest, and most historical American railroads: the Pennsylvania Railroad vs. the Baltimore & Ohio, respectively. (btw both are among the few (still) heavily passenger RR-travel dependent cities that are located on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor -- the historic, and only high-speed intercity rail line in the nation... which is a great thing).

Both have a similar-type, working-class (mostly white) neighborhood culture (with their own distinct accents); ie Highlandtown = NE Philly and much of Roxborough.

... as for those 'city accents', both are diphthong-y which gives both cities a sort of country-town-within-a-big-city air.

... thus, both have strong-distinctive, marble-stoop, brick front yard rowhouse cultures.

That said, both similarly have experienced lots of gentrification in these rowhouse/formerly working-class nabes: Fishtown = Canton, Brewerytown = Hampden, etc...


Following the last, both have their own unique, insular natures.


Both have insecurity issues with their nearby neighbors -- Philly-to-NYC, Balto-to-DC.

... this list is not exhaustive.

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