McElderry Park, Baltimore
|• Total||.161 sq mi (0.42 km2)|
|• Land||.161 sq mi (0.42 km2)|
|• Density||28,000/sq mi (11,000/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||21224 and 21205|
|Area code||410, 443, and 667|
McElderry Park is a neighborhood in the northern part of the southeastern district of the City of Baltimore. Its boundaries are marked by East Fayette Street, East Monument Street, Linwood Avenue, and Patterson Park Avenue. South of McElderry Park is the neighborhood of Patterson Park; Butchers Hill is to the southwest. Ellwood Park is located to the east, and the campus of The Johns Hopkins Hospital to the west. To its north is the neighborhood of Madison-East End.
In the early 1980s, McElderry Park suffered from white flight and abandonment by its working class homeowners. The closing of nearby public housing flooded the neighborhood with Section 8 tenants in individual rowhomes and apartments, unfortunately along with additional street crime, and illegal drug trade. Throughout the 1990s, the area became the most crime-ridden in old East Baltimore. Efforts are underway to turn things around, replacing abandoned buildings with productive uses such as public gardens.
The 2000 census reported that 34.3 percent of McElderry Park's families had incomes below the poverty line. Although predominantly black, the neighborhood has significant white and Hispanic populations.
Jimmy Carter lends a hand
Former 38th president Jimmy Carter [served 1977-1981], assisted 300 volunteers on October 5, 2010 at a "Habitat for Humanity" project in McElderry Park. This weeklong project restored vacant houses in the 2400 block of Jefferson Street.
"Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake" has been working with the Monument-McElderry-Fayette Revitalization Plan Board since 2006 on a long-term plan to restore blighted portions of McElderry Park. When they began work in 2007, only two of 43 houses in the 2400 block of Jefferson Street were occupied. The Plan Board's co-chairman expected to have 32 of the houses owner-occupied by the end of 2010.
Amazing Port Street Sacred Commons
"Amazing Port Street Sacred Commons" is a prayer labyrinth, perennial garden, and open, grassy field located behind the Amazing Grace Lutheran Church (founded/merged 1996 from several earlier Lutheran churches), located at 2424 McElderry Street. The space currently used by the Commons was previously occupied by abandoned, dilapidated houses. It was purchased and developed by the church as open green space with a grant from the TKF Foundation. The Commons is open to the public, of all faiths, as required by the grant. Produce from the garden is distributed by the church's food pantry, the "Center for Grace-full Living".
- Tench Tilghman Elementary and Middle School (Pre-K to 8), located at 600 North Patterson Park Avenue, enrollment: 360.
- William Paca Elementary School (Pre-K to 5), located at 200 North Lakewood Avenue, enrollment: 624.
Enoch Pratt Free Library
- Patterson Park Branch Library, 158 North Linwood Avenue.
- Patterson Park, one of the City's largest and oldest "green oasises" between Eastern Avenue on the south, Patterson Park Avenue on the west, Ellwood Street on the east, and East Baltimore Street and East Pratt Street on the north.
Route 35 (MTA Maryland) provides bus service between Downtown Baltimore and White Marsh, with stops along East Monument Street and East Madison Street. The Route 40 Quickbus stops at East Fayette Street and Linwood Avenue along its crosstown course between Woodlawn in the west and Essex in the east of suburban Baltimore County. Route 13 passes through the neighborhood along Milton Avenue, McElderry Street and Linwood Avenue. Route 20 and Route 23 provide crosstown bus service along East Fayette Street.
- "Mcelderry Park neighborhood" City-Data.com. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
- Liz F. Kay (October 6, 2010). "A presidential assist in Baltimore and Annapolis". The Baltimore Sun. p. 1.
- Susan Dunn-Lisuzzo. "Carters witness—and assist—revitalization in Annapolis, Baltimore". Habitat for Humanity. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
- Anne Raver (October 15, 2008). "Public Spaces Meant to Heal". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-07.