Baltimore has a gem online that's worth exploring for a few minutes the next time you're info-snacking on the web.
CityView is Baltimore's online database that lets you plug in your address, or any other address you're interested in, and search for crab houses that are nearby, local food trucks or libraries within walking distance.
The site is a map-based portal that plots addresses by neighborhood. The city bills the site as being useful for residents, visitors, researchers and businessmen and women.
Residents, you can check out what day your trash and recycling gets picked up or where the closest rec center is. You can research how many vacant buildings are in the neighborhood or who represents you in the state legislature.
Take Medfield, for example. The neighborhood has 1,406 houses and 1,327 are occupied. That means 79 are vacant. The site also discloses that the neighborhood's median income is $41,567, although 113 households have an income of less than $10,000 and two pull in an income between $250,000 and $499,999.
Here are some fast facts about city neighborhoods, courtesy of your wonks at the Baltimore Sun:
- Three colleges and universities are within about a mile of Poppleton. They are the University of Maryland, Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory of Music and Baltimore International College.
- Eight urban farms are within 6.4 miles of Ridgely's Delight (the closest is the Participation Park co-op, which is about a mile and a half away).
- You can find five bicycle shops within two miles of Patterson Park.
- Mount Vernon boasts nine food truck zones within a two-mile radius. (You can find Baltimore Sun reporters and editors, who line up on Calvert Street for the burger and cupcake trucks on Thursdays.)