It was after the death of Freddie Gray. You can read about it here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Baltimore_protests
Locust Point is definitely the safest area to live in Baltimore City but I lived in Upper Fells 2010-2013 and had no problems. Gough and Washington. It also was within the area that the Hopkins shuttle reached. Morning there was a pick up spot nearby and at night they dropped you off at your door and waited for you to get inside. Hopkins security is also really great! My wallet was found a few blocks from my house and turned into JHU and they sent the police to my house twice until they were certain I was safe. If you live in Locust Point you will need to drive and pay for parking. There are also some new and nice apartments in Canton near the water that should be quite secure with parking garages. Fed hill is also a good area (but better if you're in your young 20s and like to go out every weekend). I would not live in the apartments across the street from the hospital. The area directly by the hospital is dangerous. Do not walk around with your cellphone out, with headphone in etc. Be aware, be smart and you'll be fine. Don't walk alone at night either. Get a security system as well. Also street parking in any decent neighborhood any time after 6pm is really hard. Either take the Hopkins shuttle or make sure to have parking at your place. Baltimore truly does have a lot of wonderful things about it though! We called it smalltimore. Everyone goes out to the same bars, restaurants, etc. You run into people quite a bit even though it's a decent sized city and the nightlife is great compared to many other cities (and I'm a travel nurse, I've lived all over the country). You can walk from bar to bar to restaurant to restaurant all day/night and they love their football! The stadiums are right downtown so games are a lot of fun!
But since this is a forum for Vanderbilt (I don't want to get annoying) if anyone has questions about Hopkins or Baltimore feel free to DM me!
Tomorrow is Monday!