As a Maryland Institute College of Art student years ago, "Broad City" co-creator and actress Abbi Jacobson lived in Bolton Hill. In a 2014 interview, the Pennsylvania suburbs-native called Bolton Hill "the most beautiful neighborhood ever."
But in a "WTF with Marc Maron" podcast released last week, Jacobson recalled an ugly incident in which she saw a robbery occur outside her apartment.
After Maron, the host, asked Jacobson about her performance art at MICA, the actress — who graduated in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in general fine arts — described fictional characters she created, acted as, filmed and presented at local art exhibitions. The conversation led to this exchange:
Maron: What were the characters?
I thought they were really funny, and a lot of them were improvised. I edited them. One was like, really emotional. I saw someone getting mugged. Baltimore was extremely dangerous.
I'm not even kidding – I lived in a neighborhood, a really nice neighborhood, but it was next to like, the worst neighborhood. There's no one out in Baltimore, so I would sprint home from class. I saw someone getting mugged outside my apartment. Heard it. Looked outside the window, and this woman was getting like, dragged by her messenger bag, and I was the one calling the cops. I look and there's all of these other people looking out their windows. It was so [expletive] up. So one of the characters was – I shot a character immediately after and it was very intense. I would have to watch it again.