Weekly Photo Challenge: My Neighborhood

Not having an iPhone, I was disappointed that there was no Weekly Photo Challenge this week and instead they substituted a promo for the WordPress mobile app. However, I’ve been using the themes to help me go out and take new pictures and I liked the idea of showing my neighborhood. Since my neighborhood has a wide variety of different buildings, one photo won’t do. To be kind to those with slow connections or old computers, I’m putting all but one photo below the fold.

(My apologies to the visually impaired. I’m pressed for time today, and I’ll come back and add alternate descriptions, which I always try to include, on the photos later.)

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I live in a neighborhood that is called Tuscany/Canterbury after two fancifully named coop developments.

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The neighborhood is immediately north of the Johns Hopkins campus, so I think quite a few people will recognize the locations in some of the photos.

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My main gripe about the neighborhood is the lack of necessary businesses like grocery stores and drug stores that I’m used to having in an urban environment. So despite the density of the area, it’s difficult to live here without a car. However, some students manage well using bicycles. Baltimore is desperately in need of better mass transportation and it could stand to be more bike friendly.

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Pockets of the neighborhood feel suburban.

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There’s quite a diversity of residences. All these photos came from one short walk encompassing about three or four irregularly shaped blocks.

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The townhouses are significantly larger than the typical Baltimore rowhouse, which is quite small, and are very expensive by Baltimore standards. However, some of the smaller apartments in condos and coops are very affordable.

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And what is a Baltimore neighborhood without alleys!

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3 comments
  1. wonderful old houses! waiting for more about Baltimore!

    • fojap said:

      As it happens, I live in a building that was designed by a German architect. It’s actually a very modern apartment house, like the ones in third picture. He left Germany because the Nazis didn’t like Modernism.

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