This is true in lots of ways. For one thing, last year came news that the population of Baltimore City grew for the first time in—ready for this?—six decades. Also, in recent years, monuments, tourist attractions, and whole neighborhoods have been revitalized. The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum recently reopened after a long period of uncertainty, Mount Vernon Square is currently undergoing a massive face-lift, and neighborhoods like Station North and Remington are practically unrecognizable from what they were even 10 years ago.
Needless to say, there is still a ton of work to be done, primarily in making Baltimore’s revitalization touch the lives of more Baltimoreans, many of whom are still mired in worlds of poverty, crime, and crumbling infrastructure.
Baltimanual is intended as a guidebook to the changing Baltimore. We hope it has something to offer for everyone from tourists and people new in town to dedicated lifers. The Places to Stay (page 76), Dining (page 32), Getting Around (page 8), and Tourist Attractions (page 14) sections will be of special interest to newbies, while the sections added this year, including a guide to vape shops (page 64) and the new marijuana law (page 19) will hopefully help enlighten longtime residents.
And even for lifers, there’s always more Baltimore to explore. Tuck Baltimanual in your back pocket and get out there. If you find something cool that should be in next year’s edition, shoot us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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