"Another slice of old suburbia"
Dorchester, a predominantly African-American community in northwestern Baltimore, is another example of a neighborhood in that area of the city that has managed to maintain its former character as a suburb of Baltimore in an earlier time. Built in the 1900s, its tree-lined streets feature homes that remain fine examples of the residences typical of the area. All the homes of that era feature large backyards and plenty of privacy, providing the feel of suburban living with the convenience of the city. Bus Route 91 provides service to Dorchester Downtown, enabling residents to reach the heart of the city easily. One can also work in the area, as the neighborhood offers a vibrant retail and office area. With a crime rate below that of the city as a whole, Dorchester is still a safe, quiet neighborhood that should idea for young families with children, young professionals, even retirees. Young and hip college students on a tight budget may want to steer clear, however, as they may not find the area very affordable. There is a cohesiveness in the neighborhood among its residents which is why Dorchester is, even after 100 years, still one of the most desirable addresses in Baltimore.