My younger son lives in Baltimore and always tells me it is terrible there with rampant crime.
I'm now in Montgomery County, closer to DC, but lived the late '80's-early 90's in Catonsville (basically SW Baltimore). It was a lost cause then and has only fallen further since. Very sad, because on my urban hikes around the city, it was stunning how glorious its late 1800's to early 1900's past was. It's a poignant study in urban archeology.