Looking up: Despite blighted housing and crime, Baltimore neighborhood sees itself as worth investing in

For 50 years, Mark Washington has called only one place home: Baltimore’s Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood. “I grew up here. My fondest memories are here,” said Washington, whose family moved to the area in 1957. “This area was all that a child could want.” The Northeast Baltimore neighborhood “is unlike any other” in the city, Washington said. Bounded by Loch Raven Boulevard, East 25th Street and Harford Road, it’s in a central location with nearby amenities such as Lake Montebello, Herring Run Park and Clifton Park’s 18-hold golf course, which lies right outside the neighborhood lines. Also located in Clifton Park is historic Clifton Mansion, the former home of Capt. Henry Thompson, a War of 1812 veteran, and philanthropist Johns Hopkins. (Balt. Sun)

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