Walking Baltimore includes Charm Cityâ€™s well-known neighborhoods Â— Downtown, the Inner Harbor, Mount Vernon, and Fells Point. But in the voice of its insider author, the book also covers lesser-known and far-flung corners, revealing what makes Baltimore such a wonderful and fascinating destination and hometown. Full of little-known facts and trivia, this book shows how and why Baltimore was an essential player in the countryâ€™s early history and continues to be influential today. Here is a city almost unparalleled in American history and it lives up to its modern reputation as a quirky, come-as-you-are and be-what-youâ€™ll-be place. The zany Baltimore-based film director John Waters (of Hairspray fame) summed it up best when he said, "Itâ€™s as if every freak in the South was headed to New York City, ran out of gas in Baltimore, and decided to stay."