Baltimore City

Posted by BALTIMORE CITY on 1/23/2003 1:01:24 PM | Views: 462 |

Baltimore City

Type of Town: Called the northernmost Southern town and the southernmost Northern town in the U.S., Baltimore is divided north and south by Baltimore St. and east and west by Charles St. Numbered streets run east and west. Radial streets, mainly following the once-prevalent streetcar lines, are named for their destination. Baltimore is committed to a 20 year redevelopment strategy of $4,5 billion. The recently completed Oriole Park at Camden Yard, with 48,079 seats, will be joined by Inner Harbor projects such as the Columbus Center for Marine Biology, the Johns Hopkins Life Sciences Center, and an expanded Convention Center.

As redevelopment continues to unfold among long standing, renowned institutions, e.g., Waters Art Gallery, Peale Museum (first building in western hemisphere specially designed as museum), Peabody Conservatory, and Baltimore Symphony, the recently defined economic corridor of Baltimore to Washington, D.C., will truly emerge as one of the world's great technical, financial, and cultural markets,

Housing Price Ranges:
Home sale prices range from $125,000 to over $600,000. Row townhouses are priced from $60,000 to over $350,000. Condominiums are $50,000 to $450,000 (1994-95) and apartments rent from $800.00 to $2,000 per month plus utilities (1994-95).

Tax Situation: Tax rate per $100 assessed value is 5,85 for city, $.21 for state. Real property is assessed at 40% of market value. The County has a tax rate per $100 assessment of $2.855.

Form of Government:
Baltimore is an independent city, the only Maryland city not located in a county, Baltimore has an elected mayor and City Council consisting of 3 members from each of 6 districts. Terms are 4 years. City Hall: 410-396-3100.

Public Transportation: On November 21, 1983, Baltimore joined an elite club consisting of US cities with rapid transit regional transportation. LikeAdanta, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., Baltimore has been enjoying its 14-mile system since 1987. The 9 climate-controlled Metro stations, each distinguished by special works of art and each completely accessible to the handicapped and elderly, follow a northwest route from the business-financial district ofCharies Center near the Inner Harbor, Civic Center, Mechanic Theatre, and Convention Center to the County line at Owings Mill, Baltimore County.

The base fare is $1.25 for central city and varying zone rates ranging from $1.35 to $2.25, Metro Connection, MTA, bus feeder lines ($.10 transfer), link local routes. Metro runs on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. BWI airport can be reached by public bus and shuttle from Arntrak station. An extensive bus system serves all sections of the metropolitan area. Special park 'n' ride commuter and Suburban Flyer bus routes serve outlying areas. MTA also offers a 22.5 mile light rail line with 24 stops and 3 MARC train commuter lines to Washington, D.C. Information: 410-539-5000.

Public Facilities and Services: Natural gas and electricity, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. Municipal water and sewer system. Baltimore's 2,908 police are stationed in 9 police districts (410-396-2017). There are also Marine Police, Harbor Patrol, Helicopter Unit and Auxiliary Units plus a community services division, with (Cont. pg. 4)




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