Only 3 other places come close: Detroit goes hard, Philly is our brothers and Jersey is just real with it.
“Danger Zones”: East, South, West, North and Central Baltimore. That’s the order of danger based on my life’s experiences.
-Johns Hopkins Hospital
-“The Wire”, “The Corner” & “Homicide: Life on the Street”
-Chicken box and Half & Half
-Baltimore Club Music
-BGE (the nations first Gas utility company)
-Baltimore Ravens, Orioles and Blast
-Jada Pinkett-Smith (born and raised)
-Carmello Anthony (raised, not born)
-Dru Hill (born and raised)
-Bucky Lasek (born and raised in Dundalk)
-Charles S. Dutton (born and raised)
-Mo’Nique (born and raised in Woodlawn)
-Montel Williams (born and raised)
-Mario (born and raised)
-Anna Faris (born, not raised)
-John Waters (born, not raised)
-DMX (born, not raised)
-Oprah Winfrey (spent time here in her 20’s)
-Tupac Shakur (spent his teen years here)
-Thurgood Marshall (born and raised)
-Kevin Clash who plays Elmo (born and raised in Turner Station)
-Babe Ruth (born and raised)
-Juan Dixon (born and raised)
-Cal Ripkin Jr., Edgar Allan Poe, Billie Holliday, Ben Carson, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Francis Scott Key have all spent time in Baltimore.
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.