Baltimore

We arrived at our place in Baltimore on Thursday evening. Baltimore is widely known for its prestigious Johns Hopkins University but also its infamous crime rates. When I arrived, I saw a glimpse of the reason why. The streets were a complete repetition of one another – continuous row houses in military style without a single distinction or uniqueness. Jane Jacobs advocates diversity in buildings and in program, and there is neither in the streets of Baltimore. Furthermore, she also claims that cities that depend on powerful institutions, Universities in this case, fail to be an independent city district of its own, finding it difficult to make real changes in response to its citizens and its various issues. It was interesting to see the real implication of the physical attributes of a city.

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