Home Inspection Services in Baltimore City, MD
Baltimore: ‘Charm City’
Baltimore was named for Lord Baltimore (Cecilius Calvert) and was settled in the 17th century. Being located directly on the Baltimore Harbor, connecting it to the Chesapeake Bay and then to the Atlantic Ocean, helped it become a main hub for trading with Europe, especially for tobacco trade with England. As a major seafaring and trading community, Baltimore played a key role in events that shaped the nation’s history, including the American Revolution.
The Revolutionary War also expanded the number of black residents as the British offered freedom to escaped slaves who remained in the city after the war. Although slavery was legal in Baltimore, the city had more free persons of color than any other southern city. Harriet Tubman passed through many times on her journeys to free slaves on the Underground Railroad. Baltimore was once the second leading port of entry for European immigrants.
During the War of 1812, in the Battle of Baltimore, Maryland lawyer Francis Scott Key, wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner”, the poem that would ultimately be set to music and become the country’s national anthem. Fort McHenry, where troops successfully defended Baltimore’s harbor, became a national monument, and remains a popular attraction.
The city was a thriving metropolis, until families began leaving during the 60’s and 70’s to live in the suburbs. The city lost so much in population and business it became as financially depressed as it had been during the Depression! An urban renewal began in 1979 whose efforts ranked among the most ambitious in the United States. The revitalization replaced dilapidated wharves and warehouses with hotels, office buildings and entertainment facilities like Harborplace, the Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium. State-of-the-art stadiums were constructed for the baseball team (Baltimore Orioles) and football team (Baltimore Ravens).
Now, Baltimore has a modern service economy, led by high-tech, biotech, medicine, and tourism. Distinctive restaurants, bars, businesses, and shops can be found throughout the connected neighborhoods that surround the new ‘Inner Harbor’. Companies such as Constellation Energy, Legg Mason, T. Rowe Price, Under Armor, and Black and Decker have established themselves here providing a healthy employment landscape for this area. The Horseshoe Casino hosts top chef restaurants and entertainment. There are breweries and whiskey distilleries, museums, historical attractions, parks, and zoos all to delight and entertain people of all ages and interests.
Historically a working-class port town, Baltimoreans take pride in their city and its remarkable transformation and welcome visitors with their ‘down to earth, small town’ spirit and hospitality.
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