North Baltimore is a large section of the city sprawling north towards Towson, and is home to Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus.
- For the town of North Baltimore, Ohio see Van Buren
For visitors, chances are that all you will want to see is in two neighborhoods:
- Greater Charles Village is the collection of small neighborhoods along and around Charles St north of the Jones Falls Expressway, including the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Charles St is lively, with lots of good dining options, bars, and other assorted shops and things to do.
- Hampden is Baltimore quirkiness at its most extreme. It is a singularly eclectic neighborhood, with an odd mix of gentrification, eccentric long-time residents, the occasional drunk, and hipster/artist arrivals dubbed locally as “Hampsters.” What, exactly, is that distinctively quirky Baltimore element? Too eccentric to define, it is a weird combination of assorted beehive hairdos, offensive John Waters flicks, arcane local comic books, Bawlmerese, calling people “hon,” assorted strange 1950s nicknacks, ice cream soda fountains, extremely gaudy glasses, and other assorted traditions one would not find elsewhere. If you would like to peer a little further into Hampden culture, John Waters’ Pecker is basically a personal tribute to the neighborhood, and don’t worry, it’s one of his least-offensive flicks. The main commercial strip is on 36th St, known locally as The Avenue, and you will find virtually everything of interest here.
If you don’t mind walking and are going to come and go during rush hour, the Metro station may be the right choice for that area. It ends at Johns Hopkins and starts at Owings Mills.
If you are using light rail, you need to get off at Lexington and get onto the metro to get all the way to Hopkins.
You can reach it by traveling on Route 40 after getting off an interstate highway, or by taking I-83.