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Baltimore City has over 200 neighborhoods and there are more in Baltimore County.
My husband grew up in Rodgers Forge in Baltimore County-between York Rd and Bellona Avenue, just north of city line. The neighborhood consists of row houses (town houses) which were built in the 40s and 50s.
Pictured is the house my husband lived in. It is the end house on the row so it has side windows. Behind the house is an alley - the houses have small (40s era car size) garages off the alley, and they also had a cut-out in the alley so they could park another car there without blocking the alley (photo 3)
During WWII, they leased part of the house out to another couple. My father-in-law, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law lived on the second floor and my husband slept in the attic. The couple that rented from them lived on the first floor. After the war, the renters left, and my future in-laws moved back downstairs.
I grew up in Roland Park, which is in Baltimore City. We lived on St. Johns Road between Roland Avenue and the railroad tracks. Our house was the original farmhouse of the district - it had a pantry and a woodshed, but did not originally have indoor plumbing. (photo 5)
Roland Park is between Tuscany Road, Canterbury Road and Wilmslow Road on the east, University Parkway, Falls Road and Jones Falls Expressway on the south and west and Northern Parkway on the north. Our side of Roland Avenue was the "50 cent side" where the homes were smaller. It was laid out by George Kessler. The west side was the "dollar side" and was laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.
Roland Park indirectly derives its name from Lake Roland, located to the north, which in turn is named for a Baltimore County landowner, Roland Thornberry. Development plans were begun in 1890, when William Edmunds decided to subdivide 100 acres of his property lying between Roland Avenue (then Maryland Avenue), Wynhurst Avenue, Cold Spring Lane, and the new Baltimore and Lehigh Railroad (later the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad) along the Stony Run.
Updated Aug 6, 2011
I just had to take a picture of this, a public toilet called a Public Comfort Station, I'd never seen that term used before or a public toilet in a nice brick building located on a street. I didn't check to see if it was still functional....
Updated Sep 24, 2006
Defender's Day is a local Baltimore holiday celebrating the September 14, 1814 victory over the invading British that saved the city from certain destruction. While it's true that most Baltimoreans haven't even heard of the holiday or think it has something to do with the Ravens' linebacking corps, its worth paying attention to if you're in town during September. Check the calendar of events for the closest weekend and you'll find that there are lots of events in conjunction with the holiday at Ft. McHenry. This includes an outdoor big band concert, War of 1812 firearms demonstrations and fireworks meant to mimic the exchanges of gunfire between the fort and the British ships. It really does sound like the battle and, at the end, a garrisson of re-enactors shouts huzzahs from the ramparts with a big American flag waving amidst the smoke behind them.
By the way, the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore is coming up and the US Park Service is already planning for the celebration!
Written Aug 27, 2006
Since moving to Baltimore I have learned just how much the people of this city love the water! I have made many friends who live and die by boating, weather it be power or sail boating. Most beautiful summer weekend days you can go past any of the marinas around the harbor and find them packed with people drinking, hanging out and having a great time. They love to travel around the inner harbor and sail to restaurant along the bay for great crabs. Baltimoreans are very welcoming and love meeting new people to take out for the day sailing. During the summer there is even a game of poker dingy where people boat place to place picking up cards and drinks and see who winds up with the best poker hand at the end!
Written Mar 30, 2006
In Maryland (not just Baltimore), beer, wine, and liquor is NOT sold in supermarkets, but is sold in "liquor stores." Luckily, there generally are plenty around, however, they are not open on Sundays (although there are exceptions around the major holidays.)
So, what do you do if you didn't plan ahead, and want to have a drink at home on a Sunday? Well, you head to a bar that has the sign that reads "package goods." As you may expect, the selection is not as good as it is in a liquor store, but you should be able to buy something, at least, to quench your thirst....
Written Nov 5, 2005
If you're in Baltimore during the summer, you can't help but stumble upon snoball stands. (I think it's better spelled without the "w.")
Snoballs are not Italian ice or snow cones. Rather, it is roughly crushed iced, served in a regular beverge sized stryrofoam cup, with some very intense color-flavor thing on top.
The flavors run from the obvious: spearmint, chocolate, cherry to the ridiculous: skyblue (my fav as a kid, and I still can't tell you what it is), pokeman, Orioles.
There's tons of flavors. Feel free to mix them to your heart's content, nothing is too silly. And, you eat this with a spoon, and then your tongue turns whatever vibrant color you just had.
If you can't get Bergers cookies, snoballs are among the best desserts after chowing down on the other local custom, steamed crabs!
Written Jul 6, 2005
Another Baltimore custom is to flag down homeless people on the street and share a swig of tequilla with them on the doorstep
Updated Jan 17, 2007
To spice up their singing, the people of Baltimore like to sing Karoke while wearing panties on their head.
Written Sep 18, 2006
Apparently, it is a Baltimore custom to greet all new visitors to a festive jig while they check into their hotel.
Written Sep 18, 2006
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