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Old 08-11-2000, 08:47 PM   #1
Crash and Learn
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Post Possible New Kid In Town

As the topic says I am very likely going to be the new kid on the block in a very short time. I already have an RS but I am currently a member of the NESIC chapter of the i-Club. The reason I am switching is because I got a job offer in Maryland and so I will be moving as soon as I can find a place.
A little about myself. My name is Tim and I currently live in West Hartford, CT. I work in the computer field right now as Server Support but I'll be transitioning to the barcode industry. I'm 22 years old. I don't go out much at least not now because there isn't much to do in CT but I'm easy going and know how to have fun.
The company I'll be working for is located in Fell Point. One of the guys I'll be working with recommended 3 areas. Federal Hill, Fells Point, and Canton. If anyone here knows anything about these places or maybe where to look for apartments and such I would appreciate it. Since it isn't exactly Scooby related though maybe you could just email me at burbyts@home.com with any information. Looking forward to hearing from you. Take it easy and keep the rubber side down.

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Old 08-12-2000, 08:33 AM   #2
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Crash and Learn
I don't want you to feel ignored so I am saying HI. We, the Mid Atlantic Region "i" club, have a gathering about once a month and would be happy to have you along. Also, plenty of people take part in Auto-X each week so there is another chance to hook up with people in the area. Hope your move goes well. Sorry, I have no housing help.
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Old 08-12-2000, 08:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Aaron. It's cool that you all get together about once a month. I'll have to see what my new job is going to be like before I got making any kind of plans but thank you for the invite. I have never done any autocrossing and being that this is my only car I don't want to risk it until I get a back up or something. But I'll go to the events schedule permitting. Again thanks for the post. Take care

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Old 08-13-2000, 06:02 AM   #4
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Tim,

Welcome (potentially) to Charm City. Federal Hill and Canton are very nice areas and pretty close to Fells Point as well. I am partial to Catonsville, but I'm a little older and don't crave much of a night life any more. If you are interested in trying an autocross or two when you move to the area, let me know, you're welcome to use my car. I use mine as a daily driver, but I have confidence that it can take the minor abuse involved in driving cones. Feel free to contact me at narso@home.net for any more local details.

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Old 08-13-2000, 09:35 AM   #5
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Tim,

I grew up halfway between Baltimore & Washington. For nightlife Fells Point cant be beat, there are tons of bars and lots of places to catch live acts or just hang out. That part of town is on the waterfront, and caters more toward a college aged crowd (the NBC series HOMICIDE was primarily filmed around Fells Point). Federal Hill and Canton are nice but are somewhat expensive (caters to the older 30 something crowd).

If your looking for a place to live check out Catonsville, Towson, or Columbia. There all within 30 minutes of the city and apartment shopping shouldnt be that difficult.

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Old 08-13-2000, 05:33 PM   #6
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In Maryland you always get what you pay for. Baltimore has a high crime rate and has for the past 3 or so years. Fells Point seems to be ints only claim to fame. The car insurance is also high in Maryland. If you live in the city you'll just have to worry more about your car and have higher insurance rates. The cost of living is high in Maryland as well. Then again depending on where your at now it may not be much of a difference. Most people prefer to commute to work each day and save some of the costs of living in the city. Most of the auto-x events are outside of the city as well. If you want to live close to the city Catonsville is OK as is parts of Ellicott City. The people I knew in Glen Burnie all said the vandalism and car theft was high but that's about it. If you want to find a quick likst of housing you can always use www.apartments.com but you'd be better off visiting the area first and checking it out.
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Old 08-13-2000, 06:10 PM   #7
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I'm from NY and have been living in MD for the last 6 years now, so here's my advice on your move. Don't live in the city! N/A is right Baltimore City has a high crime rate regarding car theft and vandalism. If you live in Fells Point at the minimum expect your car to get pissed on by some drunk. Don;t get me wrong, Fells Point is a great place to hang out and party but I wouldn't want to live there. The best thing to do is live outside of the city, preferably outside of Baltimore County to keep you car insurance and taxes lower. There are plenty of nice places to live outside of the city that still afford an easy commute, either by car, car/van pool,or train. It all depends on what your style is - do you want a more quiet suburban lifestyle or do need to be in the heart of the "action"?
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Old 08-14-2000, 11:39 AM   #8
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Definitely look into Canton. In five years it will not look like it does now. Hell, it doesn't look like it did a year ago. My friend bought a house on South Milton and refurbished it. Possibly quadrupled the value (not without sinking in a crapload for the work to be done). And the whole area will be young professionals before you know it. (Get an alarm system though - someone broke in and stole my Dreamcast!).
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Old 08-15-2000, 05:49 AM   #9
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Boy is that a ringing endorsement for Canton or what? - by a house that you need to fix up and don't forget to put in a security system. I work with a guy that lived in that area and also had hos broken into, during the daytime no less. He moved soon after due to the high crime. The police said they don't have enough manpower to investigate all the crime in that area.
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Old 08-16-2000, 02:17 PM   #10
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Thank you all for the great advice. I have been checking out aparmtents.com for places but its hard when you don't know the areas. I'm pretty flexible about where to live it's just that I hate traffic and I have heard that it can be a nightmare on the highways around the city.
As I said I'll be working in Fells Point. The office is moving to Caroline Rd? Not as nice as where it is now but they need the bigger office.
I have heard things about Canton. The redevelopment and all. As far as insurance and taxes well I can't see it being much worse if at all compared to CT. I do plan on taking some time again to go down and check out some of the areas.
Thanks again for all your help. Please keep me posted. If not here then email me. Again my addy is burbyts@home.com

Tim
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Old 08-17-2000, 08:43 AM   #11
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I'd suggest Columbia, MD. It's affordable, diverse, convenient to DC and B-more, has a mall, and an outdoor pavilion for concerts. And lots of wide open roads to wring out your Scooby. It's one of Maryland's success stories.

Go to apartments.com and hit MD, then B-more Vicinity, then Howard County.

The catch in the cities is parking. In DC, at least, a garage can run $180 a month. Check if your employer pays half of it, most do.

Look forward to meeting you at a future event.

-juice
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Old 08-18-2000, 02:51 PM   #12
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Yah Columbia is a nice place to live. Some of the places are a little expensive for what you get but the area is still nice. Its also a easy drive for you to get to 295 and drive right in to work. Definately make a trip down before hand to check the place out. If you wait until the last minute it can also limit your choices and you may end up in a lease agreement that keeps you there for at least a year.
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