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Looking down East MonumentDo you know where in JHSPH you can see this view?

The scene beyond the window is East Monument Street and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. East Monument Street is one of the major thoroughfares running through East Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI). JHMI includes the Johns Hopkins Hospital, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

If the photo were larger, you could make out the Matthew’s Johns Hopkins Medical Book Store on the corner of Wolfe and East Monument. Looking this direction from the sidewalk, you can see Baltimore’s Washington Monument, less than twelve blocks away.

East Baltimore may not be as green and lush as our Homewood campus housing Hopkins undergrads (among others). But there’s no denying we’re in the middle of things here – in regard to the city and amazing research.

Monument Street Entrance

Do you remember the “To Market” nursery rhyme?

To market, to market to buy a fat pig,
home again, home again jiggety jig.

You can’t exactly buy a fat pig on our East Baltimore campus, but on summer Wednesdays you can buy good food and listen to live music.

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market Music

Farmer's Market Sign

Updates to the music schedule may be found: http://scienceparkjohnshopkins.net/events.

Enjoy!

diversityThis weekend, our city celebrates Baltimore Pride 2013 – an event complete with High Heel Race, Pride Parade, Pride Festival and more! 

The 2013 celebration of Baltimore diversity is extra special – this year's Pride Parade will be the first attended by same sex couples legally married in the state of Maryland!

If you find yourself in town or nearby, stop by – it’s always a great time! 

Jet planeAll your bags are packed.
You’re ready to go.
You’re standing there outside your door. . .

Sorry.

The words to “Leaving on a Jet Plane” run through my head every time I travel.

The other thing that runs through my head is a somewhat neurotic step-by-step plan of how I intend to get to my destination.

Do you do that? (Please say yes). If so, and you’re planning a trip to Baltimore, this post is for you!

Our local airport is Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall, otherwise known as BWI. It’s ranked 22nd in the nation for size - which makes it big enough to have plenty of amenities, but not so big that you get lost looking for your luggage.

From there, you have several options.  You could take a taxi into the city or rent a car. You could take an airport shuttle or the bus. Or you could take the train (Amtrak, MARC or Light Rail).

All three rail options stop at Baltimore’s Penn Station and from there scheduled visitors may take the Hopkins Shuttle.

Need more information?  I have more resources!

Happy trails! (Oh dear, now I have that song running through my head!)

A student bikes past the old Johns Hopkins HospitalIt’s national Bike to Work Day!

Are you planning a two-wheel commute today? Lots of folks are. And it’s not just today. It seems more and more people are commuting by bike every day.

Prospective students often ask if Baltimore is bike-friendly.  I’m afraid I can’t speak from experience. I live a fair distance outside the city and haven’t tried it. But a number of our current students ride their bikes to campus and use the sheltered bike racks located in the deans’ garage under the Wolfe Street Building (accessible from Washington Street).

An unofficial poll of these students confirms that Baltimore is better than many cities at making room for our two-wheeled friends. And there are plans for making it even better!

But don’t take my word for it. Check out these resources.

Happy Cycling!