BROOKLYN: BALTIMORE'S MOST UNDISCOVERED NEIGHBORHOOD
This could be one of many Baltimore neighborhoods - modest but maintained, and affordable because it is unfashionable and because people who are willing to pay more don't want to live there. But housing priced so low is a double edged sword. Maintenance costs are not equally low. When maintenance costs are high relative to property values, houses eventually cease to be maintained. Baltimore has far too many sad examples where this has happened.
Brooklyn is one of those neighborhoods that needs to have its perceived value increased to its actual value. This would be a difficult task for some neighborhoods, but not Brooklyn - Baltimore's most undiscovered neighborhood.
This is the view right across the street from the houses shown above. The modest houses on Third Street in Brooklyn just happen to have a panoramic view of the skyline and harbor.
Third Street also has a park with tennis courts and the same spectacular harbor and skyline view. This is truly a poor man's Federal Hill, although the real Federal Hill has basketball rather than tennis courts. The real Federal Hill was once a poor man's Federal Hill too. Well, maybe middle class.
A few blocks to the south, the housing gradually becomes more suburban. If you look closely between the trees in the distance, you can see a cruise ship that is docked at the new terminal in Port Covington. It would probably be easier to see in the winter when the trees are bare, but there are probably no cruise ships in the winter.
Brooklyn's actual waterfront is mostly industrial, but there is enough land currently occupied by the sprawling intersection of Hanover Street, Potee Street and Frankfurst Avenue and some adjacent buildings and parking lots to create a true waterfront district.
The amount of land devoted to the high speed intersection is truly immense, taking channelization islands to a ridiculous extreme. And the intersection doesn't even accommodate all the movements, preventing the important left turn from Frankfurst to southbound Potee. If this intersection was reigned-in to manageable proportions, the amount of waterfront land leftover would far more than pay for the project.
Once this was done, and a development plan with a small industrial buffer was established, Brooklyn would instantly have the select claim to being a WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD. Abbacadabra. Instant identity. Feel the magic.