The infrastructure here is uneven, due to the different levels of gentrification and the higher demand to handle vehicular traffic.
The edges of the neighborhood are slightly better maintained than the interior.
Construction on central aims to make it a useful artery for the new whole foods and the demand to be closer to harbor east, however the streets are still in rough shape
The Shot tower metro stop is at the very tip of the area and serves as a way to go north and south From JHH to Owings mills. It does little to aid people in getting to the other neighborhoods in Baltimore.
Many of the newer structures that are not Housing are parking for the tourist attractions in the area
The bones of the warehouses that were here still reside. The street design and with suggest that this is one of the older neighborhood in Baltimore because the grid design is notably absent from this area in places.
Neighborhood seems like a pass through area to get to Harbor east, Across Fayette, Pratt or Lombard
8/20/2017 – 8:00pm
High vehicular traffic area, including a lot of Circulator traffic.
Poorly lit streets at night aside from major streets
Businesses 8/20/2017 – 2:00pm
We can see the vestiges of the cultures that shaped a lot of Baltimore in the 20th century.
The Italian, Jewish and African-American imprint is still there although Little Italy is the only thriving example.
The landmark of Attmans’s is still there but serves as one of the few non-Little Italy holdovers.
Little in terms of the businesses that are not food related. Harbor east and upper fells hold most of the non-food businesses.
Housing 8/20/2017 – 2:00pm
There is some newer housing that has been built towards the edge of little Italy and what is left of corned beef row.
Little ltaly has much of the same housing as it has for the last 50+ years.
Little housing in the area that is not town/row house style
Some mixed use space but most is in Little Italy
People 8/20/2017 – 2:00pm
Panhandling and homeless population occupy most of the major street corners
During the day most of the foot traffic in the area do not seem to reside in the area. (with the exception of little Italy)
The people of the area in general are different depending on the time of day, during the day the demographics seem to become older and poorer while at night the area is greeted by diners and younger professions
The native Baltimorean population of this area is getting younger with the new housing,
Cursory, informal interview with a resident of the area Conducted by phone 8/21/2017 6:15pm:
Interviewee 35 yo Caucasian Male
Condensed for clarity
Strengths and opportunities
There is still a lot of undeveloped space
High traffic area makes more
The economic strength of the surrounding areas makes housing attractive in this area.
There is some access to grocery stores, parking and public transportation
Areas for concern
While there is stability and economic strength to the south, to the west and north there is public housing that has not been well maintained.