Skip to comments.The beautiful row houses once part of sprawling tenements that illustrate Baltimore's urban decay
Posted on 09/03/2013 8:08:27 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
One of the architectural quirks of certain cities on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. is the solo row house.
Standing alone, in some of the worst neighborhoods, these nineteenth century structures were once attached to similar row houses that made up entire city blocks.
Time and major demographic changes have resulted in the decay and demolition of many such blocks.
Occasionally, one house is spared - literally cut off from its neighbors and left to the elements with whatever time it has left.
Still retaining traces of its former glory, the last house standing is often still occupied.
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Last houses standing: The beautiful row houses once part of sprawling tenements that illustrate Baltimore's urban decay
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
there. fixed it.
Remember Baltimore is “Nasty” Nancy Pelosi’s “Hometown”.
Only what you’d expect in a city run by black democrats
When I was very small in the 50s I rode in the back seat of my parents’ car through Baltimore several times and I remember street after street of those row houses. It is my entire remembered impression of the city. It was declining neighborhoods even then.
There were so many times when I had to travel on Fayette or Baltimore St to service equipment at Bon Secours Hospital. It was disgraceful to see the condition of the once beautiful neighborhoods. That was over 10 years ago. I can only imagine how much worse it has become.
One more example of a once great city run into the sh*thole by the corruption and failed social policies of the Democrat party
Those pictures remind me of the pictures we see of Detroit sometimes posted here.
Well, neglect, youth gang violence, decent people having moved out decades ago, druggies taking over abandoned properties, liberal policies encouraging all of these things happening, and the result is places which resemble Berlin after World War II.
Funny place for a mercedes to be parked. I suppose it’s not where you live but what you drive that counts in some parts of town.
Last time I was in Balmawr some of these sqalid ramshackle old townhomes were being rehabbed and gentrified at an astounding rate.
My assumption was that under Obama the Federal Government is gushing money at such an obscene rate it has overflowed the D.C. basin and many Federal workers now saw a gentrified Balmawr townhome and an hour long train ride as an option.
Urban decay - It isn’t just for Detroit, anymore.
I have gotten into trouble on several occasions by referring to Baltimore as “Detroit with Crabcakes”.
Mrs. Buckeye, a Detroit native, in particular was not a fan of this.
But, in some places, old neighborhoods have been rehabilitied and renovated, and come back to life.
However, when that happens, the likes of Jesse Jackson decry “gentrification” and the fact that long time residents are forced out by rising rents.
I wonder what the likes of Jesse Jackson thinks cause these slum areas to get that way. And does he really think that investors and “Yuppies” who have revived some inner city areas are really the bad guys because poor residents who are renters get forced out if an area is revived.
When I was very small in the 50s I rode in the back seat of my parents car through Baltimore several times and I remember street after street of those row houses.
I have similar memories as we used to visit some relatives who lived in a row house near Memorial Stadium.
You do not want to be riding around in any of these ‘hoods’ at night. Baltimore is a dangerous city.
It’s going to be cleaned and waxed, looking showroom good. However, if your behind it, you’ll be choking on blue smoke from the oil being burned. Open the hood and you’ll find a disgrace to match the pictured homes.
I’ve heard that there are commuter trains from Baltimore to Washington, and that Baltimore real estate is a good bit cheaper than in the Washington DC area. So wouldn’t be surprised if federal workers/contractors are living in Baltimore and commuting to Washington.
Baltimore is a festering crap hole. If someone tries to tell you the Inner Harbor is cool, tell them to stuff it. Will never ever go back.
“Yeah, but do I look good?” LOL!
Don’t worry - the Federal Government will eventually expand so large with printed Federal Reserve money, the DC property market will in time grow to include Baltimore as well. Those row houses will be snapped up by young government apparatchiks and consultants working on our latest nationalization scheme for $8,000,000
Detroit with Crabcakes.
One more subtle differece: Detroit doesn’t have Baltimore’s “Hon’ culture. Welcome to Balmer Hon!
Bothered to look it up- there has not been a GOP mayor in Baltimore since 1967.
I’m sure evil republicans control the entire city council and local school boards.
As per usual, (according to one of the comments) the blame for the decline of Baltimore? GW Bush! I wonder if we will ever get him away from the control panel of every problem in this country.
If someone tries to tell you the Inner Harbor is cool, tell them to stuff it.
A couple of years ago we were in the Inner Harbor. The entire atmosphere changed the momement it turned dark. There was a shooting around 10 pm and we saw a fight break out in the street on our way out. True story.
The city police have a mobile police station frequently stationed near the Inner Harbor.
Nice work, Democrats. You destroy and consume what others create.
Baltimore is a cesspool
Wasn’t Martin O’Malley the mayor of Baltimore before he became Governor?
Is this his legacy?
Not happening. Even federal drones value their safety.
Set building was obviously not required for the HBO show The Wire.
Yes, I remember that too, riding through Baltimore in the back of my parents’ car in the ‘50s on the way to Atlantic City. We’d marvel at the row houses, block after block of marble stoops. We’d also roll up the windows because the city smelled so bad. Mostly, it was an industrial rotten egg smell, but even the spice scent from the McCormack factory was too overwhelming.
Detroit with Crabcakes — made me LOL, Buckeye, sorry about the wife’s irritation with an inspired observation.
Rhinelander - thanks for the note about the Inner Harbor as I’ve seen glowing reports on various TV shows, especially on the food shows. Guess I’ll scratch that off my list of ballparks to visit.
Liberals/Democrats like to live in nice places, too. They just don’t want to make the effort to clean them up. I went to California when I was a kid. We went to a beach in Southern California. I went to use a public restroom. Somebody had crapped in the middle of the floor. This was an analogy of liberal California. Beautiful weather. Beautiful beach. Taxpayers paid a lot to build a nice public facility. Somebody ignores all that and craps in the middle of the floor, ruining it for everyone.
The one thing that struck me was all the bums hanging around and people in general were just rude. I almost got in a fight with a Pakistani after he tried to take a chair from our table in an outdoor cafe’. We told him the seat was taken and he just threw it down. I totally lost it on the guy. If I had been carrying I’d probably be doing a life sentence.
The Inner Harbor was really nice 25 years ago. But don’t let anyone tell you that it still is. There’s a few “safe” areas around but they are becoming isolated and narrow. Definitely do not hang around after dark. There have been several flash mob events this year and in 2012 that the local media conspired to keep out of the news.
Balmorites be rude. They keep it real. Just watch any John Waters movie. They pretty well sum up the local attitude.
The problem there is that the train system is so slow and unreliable. Much of the DC Metro system seems to be built on single track and the trains are really slow. Most of my friends that make long distance commutes ride chartered busses. A better way to ride, but still a long commute.
Wasnt Martin OMalley the mayor of Baltimore before he became Governor?
The TV Series “The Wire” is practically a documentary of Baltimore’s layers of corruption. O’Malley was portrayed as Mayor Carcetti, basing his decisions on his desire to run for governor from his record in a failing city.
I grew up and lived for 48 years in the Detroit Suburbs. I now work in Baltimore and live in the northern suburbs.
You are dead on. Detroit with crabcakes.
Well, it does have a lot of salt water...
I went to school with a guy that grew up partly in Baltimore. He said that in his day, some people would be out scrubbing the marble steps on weekends, but as the demographic changed, fewer and fewer were doing it.
Camden Yards is a really nice ballpark. Take in a day game and then take a scenic drive across the Bay Bridge to one of the waterside restaurants at Kent Narrows or St. Michaels for dinner. You won't regret it.
Heh - the truth often stings.
BTW, can you guess what Baltimore and New Orleans have in common? Aside from the obvious, that is...
One would be leftists. Two would be, well, you can guess that one yourself.
Good morning Baltimore! There’s the flasher
who lives next door, there’s the bum on his
barroom stool to wish me luck on my way
to school..the rats on the street all dance
round my feet— Hairspray
John Waters talks of the Hons, the big-haired
middle aged women...leave them a tip at
the bar and they’ll yell after you, Hon! You
forgot your quarter”
Is this his legacy?
Absolutely. And the legacy of all of the other rotten Democrats that ruined the city. O'Malley didn't give a damn about Baltimore and used the mayoral office as a stepping stone to the governorship. Just like past mayors of the city have done. None of them gives a damn about Baltimore. Just rope in those Democrat voters.
I have gotten into trouble on several occasions by referring to Baltimore as Detroit with Crabcakes.”
Could we say “Detroit with an infestation of Urban Crabs?”
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