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Towson Named One of Most Exciting Suburbs in America

A recent survey ranked the most exciting 140 suburbs across the country.

The real estate researchers at Business Insider ranked approximately 140 suburbs across America by how exciting they were, and Towson is number 11.

In the survey, the largest suburbs of the nation's 50 biggest cities were ranked by these per capita: nightlife, such as bars, comedy clubs and nightclubs; live music venues; and active life options, like parks and outdoor activities, according to Business Insider.

Towson had high marks for live music and nightlife.

"Not hard to see the excitement here!" Fronda Cohen of the Baltimore County Office of Communications said.

"Turn up the music at a WTMD live lunch at Olympic Place, in Towson University Center for the Arts and Stephens Hall, or Goucher’s Kraushaar Auditorium," Cohen said.

This summer, Towson Square will add 15 Cinemark movie theaters and eight new restaurants in the downtown area, she added.

While nightlife and entertainment options were positive in the rankings, the more fast food restaurants an area had, the worse it did.

Towson had a high number of fast food establishments, according to Business Insider, but it placed high for non-fast-food restaurants too.

Towson has more than 60 restaurants, Cohen said, mentioning new destinations like Cunningham’s and Oyster Bay

Notably, Towson ranked fifth of the 140 suburbs for its number of young residents (age 13 to 34).

At the top of the rankings was Cambridge, MA. The only other Maryland suburb to make it into the top 50 was Silver Spring, which ranked 13.

What do you think is the most exciting thing about Towson? Tell us in the comments!
Bob Higginbotham February 24, 2014 at 05:44 PM
Towson sure is exciting, especially the muggings etc.
Jason Willis February 24, 2014 at 06:23 PM
+1 to what Bob says. The main street portion of York Road south of the traffic circle still sits underdeveloped, with too many stores either tenant-less or in desperate need of a facelift, and the mall, immediate area around it, and areas east get more and more unsafe every day. But these county politicians are getting themselves a fancy new traffic-clogging movie theater, so it's all good. Can we add a second movie theater behind Cunninghams, a light rail artery, a monorail, taxi stands, and more bus routes too?
runymede February 25, 2014 at 08:06 AM
I think that the Business Insider overlooked the fact that Towson is attracting the criminal elements. I would not dare walk down York road south of the roundabout at night. Even in the daytime I would be aware of my surroundings. The parking garage at the Towsontowne Center is creepy and dangerous to walk about. The rowdy crowd incident a few years ago at the theater apparently has been forgotten.
Buck Harmon February 25, 2014 at 09:29 AM
http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/02/24/maryland-cop-pushes-shoves-videographer-telling-lost-freedom-speech/#comments Towson's finest in action..
Diane in Odenton February 25, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Yeah, I guess it's exciting if by "exciting" you mean that just by walking down the street or coming out of the mall you could have your cellphone or other belongings stolen from you and be assaulted by some street thug.
Wanda February 25, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Interesting, I almost moved to Towson years ago. I opted to stay near DC.
M. Sullivan February 25, 2014 at 11:55 PM
Seems like Business Insider has an odd definition of exciting : boring during the day and dangerous at night.
pam johnson February 26, 2014 at 09:17 AM
its an Agenda 21 neighborhood: http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com Even the dems are warning us!
Jay February 26, 2014 at 12:09 PM
To close to Baltimore, it's crime wave has entered Towson (way to expensive as well).

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