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Old October 13th, 2013, 04:18 AM   #1
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Bombed Out Baltimore and More

I have never been to Baltimore but have always wanted to go so I went about 3 weeks ago. Made a few stops on the way along the national road leaving Pittsburgh which is the nations first "highway" built during the early 1800's. There is an immense amount of history along it. It was built from Cumberland to Wheeling, WV; and then was extended on to Illinois, but never quite reached St. Louis. After seeing Cumberland I went back up into PA to see Gettysburg, which was amazing and didnt disappoint. Then onto Baltimore, which is just crazy. I have never seen so much destruction in one city before, albeit I have never been to Detroit yet. Baltimore was pretty sketchy, Im being conservative in saying that 65% of the city from the looks of it was ghetto (financially disadvantaged inner city neighborhood for the politically correct). There were some very nice neighborhoods too, dont get me wrong but Ive never seen so much of a major city just abandoned and falling apart like that.

After Baltimore, made a quick trip to DC for about 8 hours after stopping in Ellicott City, one of the nations richest towns.

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Leaving Pburgh

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A 1790s home along the national road west of Uniontown, PA

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1830s Washington Tavern at the Fort Necessity National Battlefield, where in 1754 the French and Indian/ 7 Years War started.

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1835 Toll House along the National Road in Addison, PA

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Abandoned 1870s house in Grantsville, Maryland.

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The 1811 Casselman Bridge west of Cumberland built for the national road.

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The first toll house in Cumberland, Maryland built for the national road.

The following pictures are of Cumberland, MD

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The Appalachians east of Cumberland going back into PA

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Heading towards Gettysburg, PA

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Gettysburg

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Battlefield monument

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Looking over the Eisenhower National Historic site which is also part of the Battle of Gettysburg which is the turning point in the norths favor for the Civil War.

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Downtown Gettysburg. Most of Gettysburg is in top notch shape and most of the houses looked to be restored. It was pretty amazing.

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Baltimore

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Sandtown

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Franklin Square hood I believe

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Harlem Park

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Back in Sandtown

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Drug deal in Upton, no joke, the guy asked me if I was a cop and said if I was cool. Then I got the hell out of there. I got asked if I wanted to buy drugs about 4 times while in Baltimore, and even got offered a prostitute, pretty ridiculous.

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Still in the heart of Upton

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Some random dude juggling for me while I walked the back streets of Harlem Park

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Next day decided to check out the nicer parts of the city. This is Canton.

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Building restoration in Fells Point. I was really surprised by the amount of restorations and preservation going on in this city. If this were Pittsburgh, they would just level half the city. But even in the crappier areas of town I saw some of the abandoned and bombed out buildings getting restored.

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Pretty amazing.

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Still in Fells Point. I guess thats what this neighborhood is called.

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I believe this is one of the oldest buildings left in the city.

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Looking towards Patterson Park and Upper Fells Point.

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Fort McHenry, where the National Anthem was written after Francis Scott Key saw the flag was still waving after a battle in the harbor in 1814. These guns I believe date from WWI or maybe late 1800s however and were never used in battle.

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Downtown

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Mount Vernon neighborhood with Washingtons Monument built in the early 1800's.

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Still in Mt. Vernon

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Bolton Hill

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Madison Park

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Midtown Edmondson

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Sandtown

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Back down to Fells Point

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Nicely restored early 1800s house in Fells Point.

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I then drove up to Berea, one of the cities most dangerous neighborhoods. I stopped at a stop sign and a gang of kids ran towards my car yelling at me to give them my shit, so yeah. Needless to say, I scoped an area out and made sure nobody was around before taking my camera out.

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Got up early the next morning and wanted to see Berea again as the night there was a little too sketchy for my liking.

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Leaving Baltimore for DC, made a quick stop in the beautiful little tourist town of Ellicott City, MD; which reminded me an awful lot of Eureka Springs, AR

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DC

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House where Lincoln died in across from Fords Theatre.

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Fords Theater

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Photo not from this trip but from April I believe when I went to DC last.

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I need to spend more time in DC, maybe thats what my next trip will be.
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Old October 13th, 2013, 07:59 AM   #2
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Very nice pictures.

Did you get to the port and the Sparrows point area of Baltimore?
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Old October 13th, 2013, 08:17 AM   #3
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Great stuff!!!!
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Old October 13th, 2013, 08:28 AM   #4
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Very nice pictures.

Did you get to the port and the Sparrows point area of Baltimore?
Yeah I think i have a few photos of it in this thread.
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Old October 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM   #5
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Some very cool and stylish photos there!
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Old October 13th, 2013, 12:28 PM   #6
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Great, very nice photos and into this thread
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Old October 13th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #7
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These rowhouses remind me very much of a typical style in some Edwardian suburbs of London.

Your pictures are stunning; really a beautiful display, so thanks for posting. My one complaint is that there are waaay too many in one post. There must be 100 in the single post, which should be split up into 6 or 7 entries for easy downloading of the page.

When I think of older Baltimore neighbourhoods, I think of old John Water's films back in the '70's, filmed in "Charm City".
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Old October 13th, 2013, 08:29 PM   #8
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Good work.
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Old October 13th, 2013, 10:32 PM   #9
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Great picture series!

These rowhouses are so small! Their whole floor area must be about as big as my bedroom's floor area.
And what's up with all the cliché blacks sitting on their cliché front steps? Why do they do that?
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? What's weird about people sitting on the front steps? He also shows clichéed white people sitting on the clichéed front steps of the Ford's Theater. I doubt he hired a lot of
actors to pose.
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Those pictures are very very well-made. Great work!
Baltimore looks like a mess though, which is pretty sad. There is some nice architecture, but it's in decay.
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? What's weird about people sitting on the front steps? He also shows clichéed white people sitting on the clichéed front steps of the Ford's Theater. I doubt he hired a lot of
actors to pose.
It's just like in a rap or hip hop video or in films, where some black ghetto is stereotypically portrayed, that's all. As a European, I thought scenes like this were just some stupid old cliché, as I said. He even wrote about drugs being offered to him multiple times... Now, I bet some boombox was blasting ghetto music nearby and cars were sitting at the side of the road without tires...
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Yeah actually there were. You've obviously never been to an American city or ghetto. I guess I just made those photos up though.

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It's just like in a rap or hip hop video or in films, where some black ghetto is stereotypically portrayed, that's all. As a European, I thought scenes like this were just some stupid old cliché, as I said. He even wrote about drugs being offered to him multiple times... Now, I bet some boombox was blasting ghetto music nearby and cars were sitting at the side of the road without tires...
As far as I've noticed, people sit on steps everywhere. Perhaps you are jumping to conclusions based on music videos you have seen.
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Inaccurate portrayal of Balitmore. You came there looking for something very specific and you found it.

No one goes to those neighborhoods. You have to purposefully search them out. You showed what you wanted to show. Nevermind the vast majority of the city not shown that is thriving and beautiful. And the percentage of ghetto estimate is way overblown. If I were to guess (and I know the city well) I'd estimate the derelict neighborhoods shown to be about 10% of the whole city.
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I think Taller, Better's reaction as well as photolitherland's reaction to my posts both kind of weird.
Of course I don't think these pics were staged, why would I? Why do you both react so annoyed (and hostile)? I was just amazed, that the negative cliché, that is often portrayed in the media, was apparently completely true. I am sorry, for not jumping earlier to the conclusion, that American cities are one large black rap video ghetto. If that is your problem...?
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Inaccurate portrayal of Balitmore. You came there looking for something very specific and you found it.

No one goes to those neighborhoods. You have to purposefully search them out. You showed what you wanted to show. Nevermind the vast majority of the city not shown that is thriving and beautiful. And the percentage of ghetto estimate is way overblown. If I were to guess (and I know the city well) I'd estimate the derelict neighborhoods shown to be about 10% of the whole city.
You're just hurt because I showed how baltimore really is. I showed both the nice and ghetto parts. The city is overwhelming ghetto, at least the inner city area is and if you say otherwise than you are blind to the reality that your city is in. 10 percent of the city? Lol that's laughable. It's at least 60 percent run down, if not more. You don't have to search these areas out, you can't exit the city or go anywhere without seeing this stuff.

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To be fair - you cannot really know Baltimore in its entirety unless you live there - and know it very well. I live in the city of Liverpool, which also has areas of great hardship, and which are in need of regeneration; but which also has many areas of loveliness and vibrancy, including the city centre.

I understand how this portrayal appears to those who know and love their city - even though I think that your pictures are very stylish and cool - and are focused almost purely on the abandonment.
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Amazing photos and great contrasts!


The atmosphere is still like in seventies in some places, quite genuine and you captured it well.
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You're just hurt because I showed how baltimore really is. I showed both the nice and ghetto parts. The city is overwhelming ghetto, at least the inner city area is and if you say otherwise than you are blind to the reality that your city is in. 10 percent of the city? Lol that's laughable. It's at least 60 percent run down, if not more. You don't have to search these areas out, you can't exit the city or go anywhere without seeing this stuff.
Completely false. Sorry.

Baltimore city is 80 square miles and I promise you that well over half of those 80 square miles look nothing like those abandoned blocks you show. These international readers have the choice of either believing you (who just visited for a day specifically looking for the worst neighborhoods to photograph) or me who has lived in the Baltimore area my whole life... Their choice.

Funnily, Baltimore which you describe as "overwhelmingly ghetto" is very very similar to your beloved Pittsburgh (which you describe as "amazing") and is often compared to it.
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