Best Down-and-Going Neighborhood: Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is still a beautiful, world-class neighborhood with beautiful parks, trees, monuments, and architecture. But it feels like it’s on the wane. In the last couple years it has lost First Thursdays (we know, if you don’t like WTMD’s brand of Bro Soft Rock that could be a plus) and the Baltimore Book Festival (a devastating blow, both for the neighborhood and the charm of the festival). And if the Master Plan comes to fruition, those parks will be under construction for some time and the trees will be gone. Sure, the plan for the parks looks pretty, but do you really trust the city to follow through? And can the neighborhood withstand the disruption of such long construction? As rents continue to rise—along with the hostility toward renters from the richies who own—and corporate concerns invade (see Charles between Biddle and Preston), we predict a lot of Mount Vernon’s vitality will move a bit west to Seton Hill.

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