Going for a stay in Baltimore? Don't leave your hotel room. Need a drink, or a meal? Order Pizza, or go eat/drink in your hotel's bar. The drinks are higher priced because your life isn't on the line. Baltimore's football team is horrible, and home to the NFL's only murderer, Ray Lewis, a person who reflects the city's attitude with great pride: loud, ignorant, abrasive, and dangerous.
Baltimore's Inner Harbor provides a brief bit of relaxation between watching your wallet, running from gangster rappers, and dodging speeding fire trucks. But, sadly, this is pretty much painting a dodge neon the same color as a dodge viper and expecting it to go as fast. The panhandlers, unemployed thugs, and crack dealers will quickly ruin the charm of even something as beautiful as the Inner Harbor very quickly.
For tourists, literally, do not leave your hotel lobby. If you insist, you can probably walk about 1/2 block to 1 block in any direction before you enter a war zone of murder and drugs.
How bout them O's.
I have lived here my whole life, and I can't imagine being anywhere else. I like to sit at Kisling's and drink a beer while watching the O's kick some Yankee ass on TV. I like walking around the Square (Canton) and jumping into a stool at one of the first bars with their windows open. I LOVE sitting in the cheap seats at Camden Yards cheering on the most underrated team in baseball (just because our payroll isn't ridiculous doesn't mean we aren't good). And I can't imagine missing Sunday night karaoke at Fletcher's with all of my friends.
Most of these definitions are bashing Baltimore. But if you have lived here, you appreciate all of the little things. So we aren't the safest city... Don't be an idiot and wander into West Baltimore after dark. We might not be the cleanest, but the Inner Harbor collects all of the trash that floats through the freaking bay. But we have history. We are extremely cultured. We are Baltimore, and you aren't going to change that.
We do have the STDs and weed, though.