Though the area's houses, primarily late Victorian three story brownstones, were clearly built for the middle-class, it has in the last decade 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 continues to be an issue in the community. The city has installed blue light crime cameras throughout the neighborhood for surveillance purposes and to scare off offenders.
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.