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Hampden, Baltimore

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Hampden is a neighborhood located in northern Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Roughly triangular in shape, it is bounded to the east by the neighborhood Wyman Park at Keswick Road, to the north by Roland Park at 40th and 41st Street, to the west by the Jones Falls Expressway, and to the south by the neighborhood Remington at Sisson Street. The Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University is a short distance to the east.HistoryNamed for English politician John Hampden, Hampden was originally settled as a residential community for workers at the mills that had sprung up along the Jones Falls; its first residents were in place well before the area was annexed to Baltimore City in 1889. Many of its residents came to the area from the Appalachian hill country of Kentucky, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania, due to the abundance of jobs the mills provided. This influx cemented the image of the neighborhood for the decades that followed as both primarily white and working-class.
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  • If you are in Baltimore for the holidays you must take a drive through Hamden. The neighbors go to great pains to outdo each other with their Christmas displays. It's so bright, you'd think it's dayti...  more »
  • You've got to check out this town if you're touring Balto (or if you're in Balto and have never been). It's got a special vibe with old school and new eateries, stores, signage, with a variety people ...  more »
  • Our daughter lives in Hampden and it is an easy walk up to the shops. There are several little shops and stores to explore. Be sure to take in the ice cream at the Charmery. The Junque shop is quite a...  more »

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For quick and easy access to practically all of Baltimore's major attractionswhile on holiday, follow the example of most tourists and stay near the Inner Harbor neighborhood. Few cities boast such a well-defined tourist district, it shouldn't come as a surprise that all the major chain hotels in the city are located right in this busy neighborhood. If you prefer to stay in a quieter area offering a bit more local character, consider one of the city's outlying districts, offering affordable accommodations and plenty of dining and shopping options.
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