Charles Village & JHU Professional Review and Guide
"In recent decades, Baltimore has suffered an image problem. While Baltimore spent much of America’s early years as a center of commerce and industry and one of the nation’s largest and most important cities, its decline in the 20th century due to dwindling manufacturing jobs and flight to the suburbs meant that Baltimore, like many Rust Belt cities, was guaranteed some hard times. Even in the face of the urban renaissance of the 1980s–2000s, most people around the country know Baltimore primarily as one of the country’s most dangerous cities, consistently ranking near the top of national statistics for murders per capita and violent crime. Through the first decades of the new millennium, these numbers have been declining, but popular television shows such as Homicide: Life on the Street and The Wire presented the country with fresh imagery of Baltimore as a crime-riddled cesspool. Of course, those of us who live here know better. But tenacious pockets of crime and poverty still persist and, as we know, perception is sometimes everything. Good thing, then, for Baltimore that it can also claim some world-class institutions. The Johns Hopkins University & Hospital, the federal government’s top private research institution and the country’s first research university, top the list. The hospital’s annual ranking as the best in the country is routine, and its presence, along with all the adjuncts the university and hospital spawn, assure that Baltimore will forever also be associated with something great. This walk begins at the campus of the vaunted university—home to a bevy of Nobel laureates (36 at last count)—and takes in the surrounding neighborhood of Charles Village, known for its diversity and tolerance."