It's affordable. Living in New York City, L.A., D.C., London — it all sounds phenomenal, but in reality it's pretty hard to do. Let's focus on NYC: You'll be paying several thousand dollars for rent each month, plus cabbing around, plus the 8.875 percent sales tax. Not to mention your apartment will be the size of the bedroom you grew up in. I love New York, and if I had a billion dollars I'd probably have a place there. But until then I'm unwilling to settle for a pea-sized studio. In Baltimore, you can get a lot more for your money. My friend here is living in a three-bedroom townhouse in Canton. Renting the entire townhouse costs less than the rent of my one bedroom apartment in L.A. Yikes!