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Readers Poll

2011 Readers Poll: Baltimore Living

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore

1) The people

2) It’s affordable

3) Crabs

Best Reason to Leave Baltimore

1) Crime

2) High taxes

3) The weather

Best Neighborhood

1) Hampden

2) Fells Point

3) Mount Vernon

Best Baltimorean

1) John Waters

2) William Donald Schaefer

3) Kevin Blackistone

Best Place to Work

1) Johns Hopkins

2) From home

3) Under Armour

Best Green/Sustainable Business

1) Woodberry Kitchen (2010 Clipper Park Road, No. 126, [410] 464-8000, woodberrykitchen.com)

2) Sprout Salon

3) Baltimore Food Co-op

Best City Service

1) Charm City Circulator (charmcitycirculator.com) *

2) Single-stream recycling

3) Bulk trash pickup

Best Local Landmark

1) Washington Monument

2) Fort McHenry

3) Natty Boh sign

Best Eyesore

1) “Male/Female” statue

2) vacant buildings

3) trash

Best Festival

1) Artscape

2) Fells Point Fun Festival

3) HonFest

Best Park

1) Patterson Park

2) Druid Hill Park

3) Wyman Park

Best Place to Go Running

1) Patterson Park

2) Druid Hill Park

3) Waterfront Promenade

Best Place to Go Biking

1) NCR Trail

2) Druid Hill Park

3) Gwynns Falls Trail

Best Attraction

1) National Aquarium (501 E. Pratt St., [410] 576-3800, aqu.org)

2) Inner Harbor

3) American Visionary Art Museum

Best Attraction to Add to the Inner Harbor

1) Ferris wheel

2) Zipline

3) Clean water

Best Place to Take Out of Town Visitors

1) Inner Harbor

2) Fells Point

3) American Visionary Art Museum

Best Place to Take Kids

1) National Aquarium

2) Maryland Science Center

3) Port Discovery

Best Non-Art Museum

1) Baltimore Museum of Industry (1415 Key Hwy., [410] 727-4808, thebmi.org)

2) Maryland Science Center

3) B&O Railroad Museum

Best Day Trip from Baltimore

1) Washington, D.C.

2) Annapolis

3) Ocean City

Best Public Transportation Service

1) Charm City Circulator

2) Light rail

3) Buses

Best Street That Needs Repaving

1) All of them

2) Charles Street

3) Falls Road

Best Oriole

1) Nick Markakis

2) Adam Jones

3) Matt Wieters

Best Raven

1) Ray Lewis

2) Ray Rice

3) Joe Flacco

* Correction: The initial version of this poll mistakenly indicated that the Charm City Circulator is not a city - funded service. City Paper regrets the error.

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