Wilson Park, Baltimore

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Coordinates: 39°20′49″N 76°36′07″W / 39.347°N 76.602°W / 39.347; -76.602

Row homes in Wilson Park

Wilson Park is a small community in northheast Baltimore, Maryland and one of the first African-American communities in the city. Its bounded on the south by 43rd Street and the east by The Alameda. Two community associations serve the area: the Kimberleigh Road Community Association and the Wilson Park Improvement Association.[1] The homes range from large single-family homes to semi-detached and townhouses in a number of different styles. A majority of homes are owner-occupied.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2000 US Census, 1,355 people live in Wilson Park with 97.8% African-American and .7% White. The median family income is $45,208. 86% of the houses are occupied and 78.5% of those are occupied by the home's owner.[2]

Schools[edit]

Wilson Park has two public elementary schools: Walter P. Carter elementary and Guildford elementary. The area is served by the Winston Middle School and the Chinquapin Middle School. High school students generally attend nearby Mervo, City, DuBois or Lewis highschools.

History[edit]

Single-family homes in Wilson Park

Wilson Park, considered one of Baltimore’s first African-American suburbs, was developed by Harry Wilson, an African American, who began to build houses as early as 1917. In addition to some of the neighborhoods being culturally historic, several are architecturally significant.[3] Wilson's family began to sell large tracts of land in the early 1950s to developers who built dozens of new homes on St. Georges Ave. and Coldspring Lane. Kimberleigh Road was created in 1953 as part of the development. These homes were bought by a variety of upwardly mobile African-American families including those of steelworkers from the Sparrows Point Shipyard, postal workers, teachers and Morgan State College administrators.

Government Representation[edit]

Community State
District
Congressional
District
City Council
District
Wilson Park 43rd 7th 4th
Representatives Anderson, Doory, McIntosh Cummings Henry

References[edit]

  1. ^ "District 4 Communities". Baltimore City Council. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: Wilson Park". Baltimore City Planning Department. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  3. ^ Woods, Tamara; Kristin Smith (2006-02-02). "THE YORK ROAD COMMUNITY: Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization". City of Baltimore Planning Commission. Retrieved 2008-05-04.  [dead link]