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"Baltimore residents love their city. Baltimore is a city full of pride and culture."
Crystle Barfield
Community Studies and Civic Engagement

Crystle's Story

Hometown: Bronx, NY

“Baltimore residents love their city. Baltimore is a city full of pride and culture.” The city’s diversity of age, ethnicity, and cultures is one of the reasons Crystle decided to move to Baltimore. She loves having access to just about anything from art, entertainment, and food to community programs.

After an internship with Project PLASE, a non-profit that offers transitional, permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness, Crystle was inspired to give back to the city she has grown to love. She coordinated her first food drive for Project PLASE in partnership with the Maryland Food Bank. Since then she’s organized several food drives on the University of Baltimore campus, and inspired others to get involved.

“In Baltimore there’s so much to do on any day of the week.” For live music, Crystle goes to Baltimore Soundstage for its diverse artists and genres. The prices are affordable and you don’t have to deal with large crowds. “The Charles Theatre has a classic atmosphere that I truly enjoy for a girls night out or a date night in the city. They offer showings of foreign films, private screenings, and Hollywood movies.”
Crystle’s favorite spot in the city for ethnic food is Trinidad Gourmet Restaurant on 31st Street. “They have some of the best Caribbean food in Baltimore.” Her favorite items on the menu are veggie roti and fried plantains.