The Short Baltimore Ghetto Story
As the city of Baltimore made national attention for the riots and protest over the death of Freddie Gray, there is more light that needs to be shed on the city.
The black community is mainly in West Baltimore, East Baltimore north of East Orleans Street, Northwest Baltimore, the Northeast section along Greenmount-York Road and Loch Raven Blvd, and South Baltimore’s Cherry Hill and Brooklyn areas.
With gentrification that has been occurring since the 1990s, the Baltimore ghetto has a number of old neighborhoods that have been demolished.
Old housing projects like Lafayette Court of East Baltimore or the Murphy Homes of West Baltimore have all been either rebuilt or demolished.
According to Governing.com, gentrification of the Baltimore ghetto has been occurring since the 1990s.
What started in South Baltimore Locust Point and areas near downtown, has now expanded into other sections of the city as the average home values are rising from 30% to 300% in areas that are near downtown.
East Baltimore & West Baltimore History
One of the oldest black populations in the country has been in Baltimore since the 19th Century.
To continue the Baltimore black history story, African-Americans begun there stay in Baltimore by working in the shipyards.
Around this time, many originally created a small black community that was located in East Baltimore.
As the black population increased, African-Americans began to reside in West Baltimore between North Avenue and Edmondson
Eventually, Pennsylvania Avenue and Edmondson would become the heart of the city’s black culture in neighborhoods like Sandtown, the Bottom, or Upton.
Into the 1950s and 1960s, integrating and desegregation of Baltimore’s communities gave the opportunity for African-Americans to be able to move out of their small sections of the East Baltimore and West Baltimore, along with the Cherry Hill and Turner Station.
By the 1970s, Baltimore became predominantly African-American.
Baltimore, a city that some say has one of the worst drug problems in the country, has received much popularity from the HBO series “The Wire”.
The 1970s brought a change to the streets of East Baltimore and West Baltimore, as well parts of South Baltimore.
‘Hoods like Flag House of East Baltimore or Lexington Terrace of West Baltimore became reputable as the streets from the 1970s to the 1990s produced characters for the television show “The Wire”.
Many of the characters for “The Wire” are fictional, but were based on people that ran and controlled most of the streets during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Many residents of Baltimore disagree with “The Wire” and claim most of the show is false and is not an accurate depiction of the communities of Baltimore.
One thing that was correct in the series was Baltimore corruption among the police and the local government.
Many locals, before the Freddy Grey riots, claimed the police presence in the community at times was out of control.
For instance, people who get home from work and want to socialize outside with the people of their neighborhood aren’t allowed with the police making people leave with the claim that their loitering.
Many of the laws that have been implemented were by politicians or public officials that have either committed crimes or have broken the rules themselves.
The laws that have been created over the past few years have made Baltimore’s society stricter.
From harsher sentences to people rights being violate, along with the numerous Baltimore corruption police officers and politicians, have made times for the people of Baltimore to be difficult.
*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate
Sources and Other Resources and Links.
McDougall, Harold. “Black Baltimore: A New Theory of Community”. Temple University Press. 1993.