Nitty Gritty on Washington Village/Pigtown

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Boundaries: Russell Street to the east, Pratt Street to the north, Monroe Street to the west

Zip code: 21230

Real estate: A development of upscale, garaged townhomes called Camden Crossing was built in late 2004.

Camden Crossing is an impressive new townhouse development in Pigtown.(Photo by Beckie Burkhardt, Special to

Schools: St. Jerome Head Start Center, George Washington Elementary School, Charles Carroll Barrister Elementary School, Diggs Johnson Middle School

Local churches: Southern Friendship Baptist, St. Jerome Roman Catholic, Wayman's AME Dorguth Memorial United Methodist, Evangelical Bible, Maranatha Bible Fellowship, St. Paul the Apostle Episcopal

Main street: Washington Boulevard, the area's main drag, is home to coffeehouse.

Mark your calendars: Annual Pigtown Festival -- Although the September event features face painting, food, and "The Pigtown Pageant" -- a collection of pig-themed poetry and "The Star Spangled Banner" translated into pig-Latin -- the main event is the "Running of the Pigs." This popular parade re-creates the event for which Pigtown is named -- the historic running of the pigs in which the animals were herded down the street to the slaughterhouses in South Baltimore.

Cyclists ride on the Gwynns Falls Trail as it passes through Carroll Park(Sun photo by Algerina Perna)

Fun and games: If pigs aren't your thing, there's other fun stuff to do. Head to the 117-acre , where you'll find the city's biggest skate park and a nine-hole golf course.

Take a hike: Gwynn's Falls Trail -- A welcome respite from the grind of city life, the trails offer hiking and biking to city residents and visitors. Organized events, such as Wildlife Zoological functions, Civil War walks, senior hikes and haunted hikes, take place throughout the year.

Famous pigs in history:

  • Arnold Ziffel -- Fred and Doris Ziffel's pet pig from "Green Acres"
  • Babe -- The loveable sheep-herding porker from feature films "Babe" and "Babe: Pig in the City"
  • Miss Piggy -- Jim Henson's Muppet creation and the love of Kermit the Frog's life
  • Mr. Pig -- Southern grocery store Piggly Wiggly's smiling mascot
  • Piggy -- The scapegoat child in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies"
  • Piglet -- Winnie the Pooh's shy little friend
  • Porky Pig -- Warner Bros.' first major cartoon star from the "Looney Tunes" show
  • The Three Little Pigs -- They survived the huffing and puffing of the big, bad wolf
  • Wilbur -- Charlotte the Spider's best friend in E. B. White's "Charlotte's Web" That's all, folks.
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