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Baltimore MD Real Estate

Baltimore is truly an American success story. Since the redevelopment of the Inner Harbor in the late 1970s, Baltimore has set the standard for urban renewal and is now a major travel destination welcoming nearly 13 million business and leisure visitors each year. It is also an ideal place to live and thousands of families interested in a high quality of life and a fine place to raise a family come to Baltimore every year.

Baltimore is the 12th largest city in the United States and is named "Charm City" for its residents’ well-established concern for quality of life in this vibrant city. Long considered a southern town, Baltimore owed much of its early growth and prosperity to its desirable location. It lay farther west than any other major Atlantic port, endearing its harbor to shippers. Baltimore now ranks fifth among United States ports, with major railways and trucking lines carrying cargoes to and from docks at Canton and Curtis Bay, as well as raw materials to the city's many factories.

The crown jewel of Baltimore is the Inner Harbor, a scenic and popular waterfront area with dozens of retail stores, restaurants and attractions. Since the 1600's, the Inner Harbor has been welcoming people, ships and goods from all over the world.

Baltimore plays hosts to several festivals and events year-round. One of its major tourist attractions is the Preakness, a segment of the horse racing Triple Crown. This event takes place in May and draws a huge crowd. The city holds many waterfront and neighborhood festivals during the summer as well, including Artscape, a three-day event honoring the arts.

Baltimore's economy and cultural life, in addition to its geography, influenced its local development. Baltimoreans tend to have roots in clearly identified neighborhoods, and this sense of local identification has helped counter the alienation associated with modern city life.

Baltimore’s growth is continuing unabated in the 21st century. Development is moving both east and west of the Inner Harbor with more projects on the way. Baltimore is currently enjoying a second renaissance with more than $1 billion in new development planned between now and the year 2002.

 

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