Dec 6, 2006, 1:55 PM
Post #75 of 115
Baltimore is not that bad, but my take is that it's not that great either. There's more than enough stuff to keep you busy for a couple of years, though. I was born and raised in Iowa City, and there's more going on here than there (Iowa applicants, take note). Yeah, there's a lot of crime here, but it's pretty safe around Hopkins. Hampden, Charles Village, Mt. Vernon, Federal Hill and Fells Point are all relatively cool areas. Rent's not bad, the winter weather is pleasant (the summers are supposedly hellish), the campus is lovely. The students here work incredibly hard and it's definitely not a party school, which is a good thing, but for people who want more of the arts scene, there is MICA and Bolton Hill. It's close to D.C. and not that far from Philly or NY either. The hardest thing for me is just not living close to nature anymore. I moved out here from Portland, OR., which is absolutely wonderful, so it was a big step down for me.
btw, one last thing about the whole Deaf issue. I used to call myself "hearing-impaired," but it's the equivalent of being called "non-white." In other words, being termed what I'm not (hearing) versus being part of a vibrant culture with its own language (Deaf). That's really the whole distinction now. And now to return to the thread.
Franz Knupfer, author of short stories and novels