Ashburton is a wealthy, predominantly African American neighborhood in northwest Baltimore. Characterized by a few large Victorian mansions interspersed among row houses, it has played home to some of the city’s most prominent citizens. For instance, one time mayor Kurt Schmoke has called Ashburton home, as has Maryland State Senators Catherine Pugh and Lisa Gladden. Even the current mayor, Stephanie Blake, lived there as a child, along with prominent Baltimore lawyer Dwight Pettit. In addition to single family homes, Ashburton also sports a large scale apartment complex that appeals to the less affluent members of the community. One of the things that accounts for Ashburton’s success, according to its residents, is the fact that the neighbors know each other well and look out for their own and other children. They also work hard to keep the community looking good, and are especially interested in making the area more environmentally friendly. While Ashburton is not far from the hustle and bustle of downtown, it none the less quiet and suburban like in atmosphere. This makes it especially attractive to those who are looking for a quiet retreat that is still within easy access of all the city has to offer.