I think Tom Scocca said it best: "Greater Baltimore already has plenty of affordable housing, and it has wonderfully safe streets. They're just not in the same place. You can buy a house on North Broadway for pocket change. You can stroll alone at night through Fallston. You can't do it the other way around."
Did Carlin really bash my birthplace? I suppose Baltimore deserves bashing (and not just for being my birthplace). They only call it "Charm City" to lure in tourists, who are then promptly robbed and murdered. I suppose you could call it charming if you think gentrified, post-industrial, crime-ridden, decaying urban wastelands are charming.
That said, if you're honestly scared of the mean streets of Baltimore, you're a pansy. Sure, it has the highest per capita murder rate in the country, but folks, if someone kills you, chances are you did something to **** him off. People aren't just sitting around waiting to cap tourists at random.
And wirthling is right about people not calling it "Charm City". The only people who really seem to use that name are people who don't live here. I don't object to it or anything, it's just that I don't really hear it used.
The what mentioned above is total fiction. Please don't take it seriously!