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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—One of the city’s historic districts was just placed on the top 10 list of best neighborhoods in the county, so where is it?

Gigi Barnett takes a look at what makes it such a great place to live.

On the corner of Thames Street and S. Broadway, there’s a town crier. He’s a throwback to yesteryear and one of the charms that has placed Fells Point on the Top 10 Best Neighborhoods of 2012 list.

“We’re sort of the port that founded the city, that founded the state,” said Ellen von Karajan, Fells Point Historic Society.

Von Karajan heads the Fells Point Preservation Society.

The group learned this week that a survey done by the American Planning Association put Historic Fells Point on their top 10 list.

Judges looked at everything: the seaside charm, the shops, the homes, and especially what visitors had to say.

“It’s just the feel, the pubs, the cobblestone streets,” said Kathy Derr, Fells Point visitor. “Everything is like the way it used to be. Simple and sweet.”

And keeping Fells Point that way over the next 100 years will happen by word of mouth.

If you’d like to see firsthand why Fells Point is on the list, the Fells Point Fun Festival kicks off this Friday on Broadway Square at 5 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. Sunday. Arts and crafts, children’s areas and good food and music are all featured.

Back in 2010, the American Planning Association named Frederick a great neighborhood.

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