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You can fight the property tax assessment. My dad has done it in the past and been sucessful.
baltap- the Baltimore Attachment Parenting group
the abundance of homeschoolers, homeschooling groups, resources etc.
The fact that Maryland is a very easy state to homeschool in as far as requirements go.
All the awesome shops and restaraunts in the Hamilton/Lauraville area: Clementine, Bediboo, Rock Candy, the Red Canoe, etc.
The yearly holiday fair at the Waldorf School. Plus the fact that they let us bring our kids to the mini-mornings even though they know we have no intention of stopping homeschooling.
North Baltimore Mennonite Church!
The Harbor. The Science Center, the Aquarium, Avam. I have memberships to the first two, if you want to go
I'm a drug dealer, of course. That's why I love it here
Truthfully, many, many, many things bug me about this city. It needs a complete revamping in management, but the current population makes it difficult to do so....as you point out, only decent citizens can even be counted on to pay for all the other problems.
The reason I'm here is because this is where my husband currently needs to be, and we have family here. I don't think we'll be staying here forever.
But I am not sure of any good alternatives -- the nicer counties in this area are more $ for the most part.
And I am loathe to move far from my midwife...I'm not sure how easy it is to get a homebirth midwife insurance will pay for. My husband thinks I'm pathetic to take that into account, but for me, birth and care is an integral part of my life.
I am sorry you having bad experiences. It sounds like it is your neighborhood that is more the issue.
Can you move to Lauraville/Hamilton? It is quite peaceful here. We have all the perks of city living with very few of the downsides.
Towson, which has alot of convenience too and better schools not to mention lower taxes, is looking better and better.
Funny... I feel the same way as the OP...but about Columbia.
We lived in King's Contrivance and ran into the same scenarios, but had to pay probably double the rent as you do in a lot of parts of Baltimore City. The crime got really scary at our complex, and I heard the same from friends who had lived in Steven's Forrest. When a guy got mugged and smacked over the head right in front of our window during the middle of the day, we decided it was time to buy a house in Carroll County.
It's a shame, bc I love (and miss) the culture and parks in both cities.
I hear a lot of Montgomery County is wonderful to live in bc you get all the perks of Baltimore City and Columbia, but not the crime. Unfortunately, it's super expensive.
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