People go to Washington for opportunity; when they come to Baltimore they find community. The one’s about work, while the other’s about life. And not la-di-da Georgetown-style life. Baltimore is Charm City because its neighborhoods exude a grubby kind of charm.
Some own, some rent, everybody knows everybody and nobody’s putting on airs. I walk everywhere, including to my dry cleaner, my bank, my post office, my fish market, my produce market, my meat market, my drug store, my rug store, my barber, my liquor store, my pet store, and half a hundred restaurants, including a British pub that will sell you, for eight bucks, a slice of homemade crusty bread and the marrow from three fat beef bones -- which, when married together, are a meal as succulent as caviar.
Personally, I can see the good in both cities: Washington is a breathtakingly beautiful city, especially at dusk or when the cherry blossoms bloom. But I’m also a big fan of Baltimore’s Camden Yards, and the city’s low-key attitude is refreshing. But what do you think? Which city do you think is a better place to live and why?
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