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Baltimore City Guide Charm City

Baltimore’s fortuitous location on the northern Chesapeake Bay has been at the heart of its social and economic development. Farther inland than other eastern seaports, the city is convenient to landlocked areas. The water-related industry quickly developed around Baltimore harbor, and when tracks for the nation’s first railroad were laid there in 1829, the thriving port city increased both its accessibility to other cities and its attractiveness to immigrants and investors. Through careful city planning and cooperation between public and private investors, Baltimore has entered the ranks of America’s “comeback cities” in recent years. Its downtown business district has been transformed into a mecca of sparkling new hotels, retail centers, and office buildings. But Baltimore has not wholly exchanged its traditional working-class image for high-technology polish. Many of its urban renewal programs focus on the preservation or renovation of historical buildings and neighborhoods amidst new construction. For example, its wildly popular Oriole Park at Camden Yards offers state-of-the-art amenities in a turn-of-the-century style baseball stadium. Nicknamed the “charmed city,” Baltimore has become a top tourist destination.

 

Colleges and Universities

Of the approximately 30 colleges and universities located in the Baltimore metropolitan area, nearly half-lie within the city limits. Towson State University, the oldest four-year college in Maryland and the largest in the Baltimore area, offers bachelor’s degrees in 57 fields and master’s degrees in 29. Considered one of Baltimore’s outstanding assets, Johns Hopkins University boasts a world-renowned medical school and an affiliation with a prestigious music conservatory, the Peabody Institute. Loyola College offers a joint program in medical technology with Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center. The University of Baltimore, a state-supported institution, awards upper-division, graduate, and law degrees. One of five campus units of the University of Maryland, the University of Maryland at Baltimore offers professional programs in health and medical fields, social work, and law, as well as undergraduate degrees in a variety of fields. At Morgan State University students can earn advanced degrees in architecture, city and regional planning, and urban education. Coppin State University benefits from a cooperative program with local industries and offers both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

The Baltimore area’s other large academic institutions include:

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • The U.S. Naval Academy
  • The Maryland Center for Career and Technology Education Studies
  • The Ner Israel Rabbinical College
  • College of Notre Dame of Maryland
  • The Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold
  • Harford Community College in Bel Air
  • Western Maryland College in Westminster
  • Howard Community College
  • Carroll Community College.

Local Attractions

  • National Aquarium
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • The Walters Art Museum
  • American Visionary Art Museum
  • The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • B&O Railroad Museum
  • Port Discovery Children’s Museum
  • Maryland Science Center