Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Annapolis, MD

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

What can I say about Annapolis? It’s a town and it’s very pretty, but it’s a tourist town. It’s great if you’re 25 to 35 and like to drink a lot and go boating but getting a job in Annapolis is rough. Also, the lack of diversity makes it dull. It’s a very white place to live where shorts and flip flops and dogs seem to be the only thing that’s around. Politically, it’s somewhat conversative and many people have lived in the town their whole lives. However, this is my opinion and it isn’t a fit for me… if the above describes you… you’ll love it.

Sent by Sophia from Annapolis, MD

Baltimore

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

I have lived in Baltimore my entire life. We certainly benefit from our proximity to Washington DC (approximately 40 miles away). We have a large population of educated professionals, but we also have too large of an underclass. It really is a “have” vs “have nots” scenario. The area will be held back as a whole until the dismal high school graduation rates in Baltimore City are improved. Only about 60% of incoming freshman at Baltimore City public schools, leave school with a HS diploma. That cycle must be broken.

The city in which I was raised and still live is in many ways still too provincial. We should take advantage of having the capital of the free world lead our region. We can be our own independent city while still being a part of the Washington-Baltimore area. Even with our problems, we have successfully transitioned from a manufacturing economy to a service-based one. Our economy is very diverse with financial services, health care, consumer products and education leading the way. I used to be provincial, but now am quite happy to be living in the midst of the NY to Washington mega region. The opportunities are far greater here than in many parts of the U.S., especially the former rust belt.

Sent by David from Baltimore