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Ridgely's Delight

Perhaps there is no other neighborhood in Baltimore that captures the essence of Charm City in one locale like Ridgely's Delight. It is a charming and diverse neighborhood socially, economically and ethnically.

Located just west of the Inner Harbor and south of Lexington Market, Ridgely's Delight is a quiet neighborhood tucked between busy metropolitan streets. Its boundaries are triangular: Pratt Street and the University of Maryland graduate schools to the north; Russell Street/Greene Street and Oriole Park at Camden Yards to the east; Martin Luther King Boulevard and I-395 to the west; and the intersection of I-395 and Russell Street (where M & T (Ravens) Stadium is) to the south. Many people are drawn to live in Ridgely's Delight because of its proximity to so many things to do and major roads.

Ridgely's Delight is a neighborhood of two, or three-story, red-brick row houses, a signature type of housing in Baltimore. The row houses showcase mostly federal-type, 19th century architecture, but also include ornate-style, adding to the great variety of architecture in the city of Baltimore.

Ridgely's Delight is also a neighborhood of diverse people, but still feels close-knit. Many types of people have chosen Ridgely's Delight as their home, including urban professionals and residents of urban-renewal programs. The neighborhood's unique personality is one of Ridgely's Delight's distinctive assets, say some residents.

As stated on its neighborhood profile, Ridgely's Delight was founded in the 1700s. Formerly the dowry of Rebecca, the daughter of John Eager Howard, was given to her husband, Charles Ridgely. Throughout history, Ridgely's Delight has been involved with such famous names as George Washington and the Underground Railroad. It is also the birthplace of one of baseball's greatest stars, Babe Ruth. Ridgely's Delight was a very popular neighborhood with many classes of people, but it was eventually led into disrepair as the city of Baltimore's popularity declined. In the 1970s, the city began an urban-renewal programthat helped revitalize and restore Ridgely's Delight, among other neighborhoods in the city. Ridgely's Delight is also a national historic district, as well as an historic district in the city of Baltimore, which helps to safeguard its noteworthy charm.

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