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Here's where the city thinks you live

After reading the previous post on the difficulty of determining accurate neighborhood identifications in Baltimore, Steven Gondol, the BRAC relocation manager of Live Baltimore’s Home Center, wrote:

I just read your blog and found this statement interesting: “The problem is that there is no reliable method of determining accuracy.”

The City’s iMap tool: associates every address with a neighborhood id. I agree it will use Harford-Echodale-Perring Parkway instead of Hamilton even though everyone knows it as Hamilton or Hamilton Hills. It’s a great resource we use to help our customers when figuring out which neighborhood association they belong to. Enjoy!

Yes, indeed, I found my house, in the Harford-Echodale/Perring Parkway neighborhood, my City Council district, my recycling pickup schedule, the works. You can, too. Let me know if the city thinks you live in the neighborhood you think you live in.



Posted by John McIntyre at 6:34 PM | | Comments (4)


This kind of brings things back on topic. My neighborhood is listed as "Butcher's Hill" (with the apostrophe). My neighborhood association spells it "Butchers Hill" (without the apostrophe).


Well, it says I live in "Midtown-Belvedere", which I recognize, but never use. I usually just say I live near the Washington monument.

But when it comes to neighborhood names, here's what I want to know: do the people of Waverly resent the name "Better Waverly"?

I thought I grew up in Hamilton, but iMap says its "Glenham-Belford". And my friends, who lived on Hamilton Avenue, actually lived in Waltherson.

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