Mount Royal Professional Review and Guide
"When it comes to being an arts and cultural center, Baltimore is in a tough spot. Washington, D.C., sits just 40 miles to the south, with its plethora of Smithsonian attractions. Likewise, New York City is only a few hours north. In 1991, then National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue told a Baltimore reporter that the city “should build a museum” after Baltimore lost an expansion bid to replace the much-beloved Colts. The nasty and never forgotten implication was clear: the city didn’t deserve football and probably needed some more cultural attractions, to boot. Well, nowadays, Baltimore does just fine in both categories, thank you very much. Despite being sandwiched between two cultural titans, Baltimore has gained a national reputation as a wonderful arts city, with a thriving music scene, a surfeit of galleries, and top-flight museums and theater. This walk takes in Baltimore’s Cultural Capital. While by no means exhausting the city’s cultural offerings, this walk through Mount Royal visits some of the most prominent. With the Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Baltimore, an opera house, a symphony hall, a ton of restaurants, and a beautiful old train depot, Mount Royal lives up to its name. There’s a ready supply of energy and bustle here. And for one extended weekend each July, the neighborhood hosts Artscape, the country’s largest free arts festival. It’s happening, man. Feel the energy."