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Hi there Baltimoreans,<br>
I am thinking of relocating to Baltimore with my dh and 2 kids. What is it like to live there?<br>
What do you like/dislike about Baltimore?<br>
Recommendations for peds/FPMD's/OB or MW would be gratefully received.<br>
Thanks mamas!
 

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no recs on docs. While I lived there most of my life I found it hot and crowded, and some areas pretty slummy, sorry to say<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> The air and water quality are hell.<br><br>
There is, however alot of culture and history and these weird pockets of people that have been living in the same house or street for 10 generations. That is very cool to me.<br><br>
It's convienient to everywhere, there are some beautiful places to visit. Lots of antique stores and easy access to anything you could want.<br><br>
The accent. Love it/ hate it. My kids have it though they were all born in the midwest<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Took 3 years to get my oldest to stop saying "terlit" (aka toilet)
 

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hmmm, let's see, Hon. We are anticipating a move FROM Baltimore this summer, so I'm feeling particularly attached to Charm City these days. Yeah, summers are a real drag, but not if you like hot, sticky, suffocatingly humid weather. Out in the county(s), where there are more green spaces, woods, etc., it's not so unbearable, but in the city, the weather is not great. Best to have contact with swimming holes, natural or chlorinated.<br><br>
There are some great neighborhoods to live in the city- Lauraville, Bolton Hill, Mt. Washington. Others can help me out with more places. It is really convenient to a lot of places. There are some urban wooded sanctuaries- Cylburn Arboreteum, Robert E. Lee Park, Druid Hill Park. Great Attachment Parenting Groups- Baltap (go to Yahoo Groups and search) and NAP. I agree that Baltimore has a fun culture and arts feel to it. The major art museums are free now- Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters. Lots of other quirky, fun museums, bit arts festival in July.<br><br>
Lovely midwives in Baltimore- homebirth, birth center. There are a number of peds that folks will recommend to you who are supportive of no/limited vaccines, homeopathy, breastfeeding, homebirth, etc.<br><br>
I like the architecture, the brownstones. I cherish the AP mamas I know- I find there's a lot of support. Lots to do with kiddies. Baltimore city does have neighborhoods that each have their own culture and feel about them.<br><br>
Where are you moving from? And, PM me if you're looking for a house to buy...since we'll have one to sell.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> we are moving from central VA. We will be renting at first and later buying.....<br>
Thanks for this info mamas.
 

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Baltimore is not crunchy. That's for sure. Its a financially struggling city that is plagued with drug abuse. The obstetric world is led by malpractice so midwives are hard to find (but you can - if you try).<br><br>
Nice things about Baltimroe - I like the Inner Harbor and there are plenty of old buildings to admire. Some of the churches are gorgeous and their are lots of museums. If you want choices of medical providers - you got it. The city is saturated with the best (and worst) physicians around. There are about 10 major hospitals within 15-20 minutes of one another. The University of Maryland Medical Systems and Johns Hopkins Hospital campuses take up alot of the heart of the city. Each area of Baltimore has its own personality so I would recommend a weekend vacation to the area you are considering. Its really pricey here so I would greatly consider your finances before relocating.<br><br>
Best of luck to you!
 

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Hi, I want to say that I really like living in Baltimore.<br>
It is not pretentious. It is full of strange and clueless people. living their lives like it is a small backward town... but it's a city. And it is real, hard working people; not (mostly, for now,) uber hip folks who think that life is all about lattes. (give it time......) Baltimore is the dysfunctional family member you are finally old enough to love unconditionally. It is full, absolutely chock full of social ills that you cannot ignore, as even the cutest, ritziest neighborhoods are bounded on all sides by bad ones. And I mean all this as a compliment! It is real life here!<br><br>
The architecture is *beautiful*. There are big swaths of greenery in some of the "city" neighborhoods. While it is getting pricey to live in the places most city-like, you can still find houses pretty cheap.<br><br>
Things NOT to love about Baltimore:<br>
1. The public schools have a reputation for being horrible. Most people I know homeschool or send their kids to private school. I don't know from personal experience as my oldest is only 5 and we are homeschooling him.... but I would be doing that no matter where we lived!<br><br>
2. Public transportation is abysmal unless you live in a few specific neighborhoods; and even then you can only get to a few other specific neighborhoods very conveniently. It is not very bike-friendly, either.<br><br><br>
BUT I do love the fact that the history is so great, it is convenient to traveling, and for now the major museums are free admission. The library system is actually pretty awesome here, too. In the late 19th C. and early 20th, some very rich cultures people saw to a legacy of culture and education.<br><br>
As for living in Maryland and having babies, I am so happy to be near Evelyn Mulhan at Alternative Birth Choices. We just lost Lora <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> . But I hope that Evelyn will continue on. She has the courage to offer homebirths and make it work in a hostile medical world. Elsewhere in Maryland, like in Frederick where I used to live, women are almost completely without choices in their births.<br><br>
I am hoping that someone else will post about other docs because I have lived here for over two years and I still haven't found one!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
HTH. You can pm me also if you want to dish about certain neighborhoods etc!
 

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dh has a job interview around baltimore this july. we might move there if he gets an awesome offer, and i mean overwhelmingly awesome, as i already like where we are living in BC and we have a lot of lifestyle options here (school for the kids and myself).<br><br>
great tips on this thread, thanks!
 

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we are moving to baltimore in july and i'm still having a hard time getting a handle on the neighborhoods. we aren't against living in an up and coming neighborhood but we need it to be a little on the more "up" end if that makes any sense at all...<br><br>
we are looking at the Patterson Park, Canton areas...are they awful?<br><br>
we are city dwellers at heart but we live in a much smaller city now (Richmond, Va) and love it. i think something bigger might be a little bit of an adjustment. we still have a bit of sticker shock over the rent prices.<br><br>
we are interested in being in walking distance to restaurants/bars, libraries and parks...<br>
tree-lined anything is great...<br>
we do okay living in small spaces...<br>
we put in an application for the Patterson Park Public Charter School and are 2nd on the waiting list. i'd love any and all suggestions of where to live...<br><br>
thanks!<br><br>
patience
 

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Hi,<br>
I have lived here most of my life and it really is a wonderful city. We are planning on moving to Colorado in a few years but Baltimore can be a great place to raise kids. Depending on what you are looking for there is a community for every need. Some of the more beautiful historic neighborhoods are Charles Village, Bolton Hill, Union Square and Federal Hill. If you are looking for a larger home, visit the first three. A bit of advice... visit your potential home on weekends and at night so you can get a good feel about the neighborhood. Many can be decieving if you don't get the full pix of your neighbors. Also, if you are renting, try to use a reputable real estate agent it could save you a lot of time and energy in the event a problem arrises.<br><br>
Good Luck!!!<br>
gerlassie
 

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so we are moving to baltimore.<br><br>
i'm thinking that the mount washington area will suit us (whole foods, yoga studio, on the light rail line (30 mins. from dh's work, waldorf school)<br><br>
any feedback on the mount washington area?<br><br>
tia!
 

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Columbia is a very family friendly area, with crunchy pocket and docs that is a farily easy commute to Baltimore. We moved here last August and love it. Three organic markets within 15 minutes of my house, my super holistic pediatrician, accupuncture/chiro/naturopaths galore, tons of green space! My next door neighbor just listed his four bedroom house for sale. PM me if you want to talk about it.
 

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Thanks for the tip regarding Columbia. I admit, I am intrigued about this community, sounds interesting. We may look into it once we've been in MD for a little while. Initially, I'd like to stay closer to DH's work, which is in Timonium.
 

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Good Luck with Waldorf...they are very very picky and we found them to be over priced and snobby. We also have a Whole Foods in Downtown. I find it much easier to deal with than the one in Mount Washington and you do get free parking in the Hotel lot.<br><br>
Kim ( Daniel 6 and David 2 )
 
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