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“there’s lots of ‘dem movin’ in.” The thick Baltimore accents, the Bawlmerese of many of the old-school Hampdenites hanging out at Chuck’s and around The Avenue, adds to Hampden’s small-town feel—some might have disdain for the long “O” of the Baltimore dialect, but I love it. The shops and restaurants in Hampden-Woodberry are some of my favorite in the city and it’s a convenient joy to be able to walk everywhere I want to in a city that is very car-dependant. While I still drive to work, John rides his bike downtown to work and he loves the accessibility of the Jones Falls trail, a beautiful place to walk dogs and hike that runs from Druid Hill Park to the Inner Harbor. The Woodberry Light Rail station is a short walk away, and the area is easily reached by MTA bus as well. And unlike many of the more densely populated neighborhoods like Canton and Federal Hill, parking isn’t hard to come by. And there’s plenty of green space as well—Roosevelt Park at Falls Rd. and 36th St. has a walking track, playground for the kids, baseball diamond, skate park, rec center, and public pool—a necessity when combating Baltimore’s endless hazy, humid heat waves. Living in Hampden makes me excited to be a Baltimorean, to take full advantage of all my city has to offer. I often start my days with amazing coffee and treats at either Spro or Artifact. Lunch at Luigi’s for their Italian panini is a must. And this summer, much to everyone’s delight, The Charmery ice cream parlor opened with distinctively Baltimore flavors, such as Old Bay Caramel and Berger Cookies and Cream—I can’t help but end my days there at least once (or twice, or thrice) a week. Local legend John Waters, whose 1998 film, Pecker, put Hampden on the map, once described Hampden as “an uneasy mixture of redneck culture and hipster culture.” I like to just sit on a bench on The Avenue and watch and listen and take my quirky ‘hood in. Hampden’s big personality—off-kilter, the camp, and kitsch—has been keeping Baltimore weird for decades, and is sure to keep it weird for many more. Things are happenin’ in Hampden, hon, and I’m happy to be here to watch the once-prominent neighborhood flourish again.

Follow Emily on Instagram @mledeerkiss & visit her on the Web at emilydierkes.com & at nailtrix.tumblr.com

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The Winter 2013/2014 Issue is the premiere issue of DomiCile Magazine. It highlights the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland and sho...

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