Little Italy, Baltimore
|Neighborhood of Baltimore|
Little Italy in February 2007, at the corner of Pratt and Albermarle Streets
|Country||United States of America|
|Named for||Italian-American ethnic heritage|
Situated just east of the Inner Harbor, Little Italy is so named because of the large number of Italian immigrant families that moved into the area during the 20th century. The neighborhood is still home to a large and active Italian ethnic community. Located near newly desirable neighborhoods like Fell's Point, Upper Fell's Point and Harbor East, Little Italy's housing market is very hot, not least because turnover is low in the tight-knit community. Little Italy is also notable as one of the safest neighborhoods in the city of Baltimore, as the neighborhood's reputation is such to not allow crimes against the residents caused by outside agitators.
Each summer, the Little Italy community hosts an outdoor film festival. Free outdoor movies are projected onto a wall at the intersection of High and Stiles Streets. People bring chairs and blankets and watch the movie from a parking lot located at the intersection. Open Air Movie Schedule (dead link).
Notable natives and residents
- Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi grew up in Baltimore's Little Italy. Her father, Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., was mayor of the city.
- MLB Hall of Famer Jim Palmer owns a penthouse condominium in Little Italy, which he acquired in 2006, and uses when he's in Baltimore doing broadcasting work.
Literary and dramatic references
- In Homicide: Life on the Street, fictional detective Al Giardello was raised in Little Italy, as it was the neighborhood inhabited by his father's side of the family. Giardello's mother's side of the family was from a neighboring African American housing project called the Perkins Homes.
- Nora Roberts' book Blue Smoke was set in Baltimore's Little Italy, as is the film adaptation.
- Sherman, Natalie (October 7, 2016). "With new projects, Little Italy faces change". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
- "Our History | St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church | Little Italy, Baltimore, Maryland". saintleorcc.com. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
- "Baltimore City's designated landmark list". The Baltimore Sun. January 2, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
- Epstein, Edward (January 5, 2007). "Baltimore's Little Italy ready to welcome favorite daughter". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
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