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Coordinates: 39°18′54″N 76°36′47″W / 39.315°N 76.613°W The Barclay neighborhood, as defined by the Baltimore City Planning Department, is bounded by North Avenue, Greenmount Avenue, Saint Paul and 25th Streets. The neighborhood lies north of Greenmount West, south of Charles Village, west of East Baltimore Midway, and east of Charles North. The district boundary between the Northern and Eastern police districts of Baltimore, Maryland runs through the community, cutting it roughly in half.
Though the area's houses, primarily late Victorian three story brownstones, were clearly built for the middle-class, it has, especially in the last generation, experienced severe economic decline, housing abandonment, crime and gang problems. Residents are primarily lower income African Americans. The area experienced significant gang violence between the local Young Gorilla Family gang and other gangs in 2006 and 2007. The gang violence issue appears to have settled down as the number of murders has dropped from ten in 2007 to one each year in 2008 and 2009.
The area is scheduled to undergo significant redevelopment as the Baltimore City Housing Department has granted development rights for over one hundred units of city owned property to Telesis Corporation. The community plan calls for market rate, subsidized, rental, and home ownership housing. Construction is scheduled to start in the spring of 2010. The western end of the neighborhood has also seen smaller scale development with two historic buildings converted into about eighty apartments in 2009.
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