Medfield, Baltimore

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Medfield
Neighborhood
Houses along Newport Avenue
Houses along Newport Avenue
Country United States
State Maryland
City Baltimore
Area
 • Total .267 sq mi (0.69 km2)
 • Land .267 sq mi (0.69 km2)
  [1]
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,348[1]
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC)
ZIP code 21211[1]
Area code 410, 443, and 667

Medfield is a neighborhood located in north Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America. It is located to the north of the trendy Hampden neighborhood and south of affluent Roland Park neighborhood. Its unofficial boundaries are Coldspring Lane to the north; Jones Falls Expressway (Interstate 83) to the west; Falls Road/Hickory Avenue to the east; and West 41st Street to the south.

History[edit]

Part of Medfield was built on the grounds of the Medfield Academy, a 19th-century prep school believed to have stood near 42nd Street west of Falls Road. Baltimore annexed the southern half of Medfield in 1888 and the northern half in 1918.[2]

Most of Medfield was developed from the 1920s through the 1960s. The southern section of the neighborhood (that adjacent to Hampden) and the northern section (off of Cold Spring Lane) were the first areas to be developed. The middle was developed from the 1940s - 1950s. Many of the first residents of Medfield were longtime residents of Hampden, who wished to move into newer houses, some of which had larger yards.[3] Many of such residents still refer to the area as "Lower Roland Park".

Despite the suburban flight and subsequent urban decay experienced in Baltimore starting in the 1950s, Medfield continued to be a desirable and comparatively safe neighborhood for blue-collar and middle-class families. As a result of urban renewal efforts and the "boom" in the housing market experienced in the 2000s, the neighborhood received much investment and rehabilitation, and thus attracted an increased amount of young professionals. There are currently several development projects still planned for the neighborhood.

Medfield is currently in the Baltimore City 7th and 14th City Council District. The Medfield Community Association is a volunteer organization whose mission is to empower the community to improve quality of life through communication, engagement, participation, and advocacy.[4]

Housing stock[edit]

Medfield contains a variety of types of houses, far more variety than most Baltimore neighborhoods. Most of the neighborhood consists of brick rowhomes, most of which include front porches. There are also many single-family detached houses throughout the neighborhood, as well as several apartment buildings.

Schools[edit]

Medfield is home to Medfield Heights Elementary School, which boasts test scores above city/state averages. The neighborhood is also adjacent to the campuses of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Western High School, two well-regarded public magnet schools.

The community is also about 1 mile from Loyola University Maryland and about 2 miles from Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus.

Parks and Recreation[edit]

Medfield Heights Park is located directly behind Medfield Heights Elementary School, and is overseen by the Principal of the Elementary School. This park contains 2 baseball fields, basketball courts, and green space. The neighborhood is also walking distance to several parks in Hampden (Roosevelt Park on Falls Road and W. 36th Street; and Buena Vista Park on West 42nd Street at Buena Vista Avenue). It is also about 2 miles from Robert E. Lee Park in Baltimore County.

Adjacent to the Medfield Heights Park is the Medfield Heights Recreation Center, which is managed by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. The facility received a complete renovation in 2009.[5]

Transportation[edit]

Medfield is easily accessible by many methods of transportation. The community is located directly off of Exit 9 of the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83), and is walking distance from the Cold Spring Lane station of the Baltimore Light Rail. Nearby bus lines include the #27 (Falls Road), #33 (Cold Spring Lane), #22 (W. 41st Street), and #98 (Hampden Shuttle). Additionally, the Blue Jay Shuttle of Johns Hopkins University provides service to students in the neighborhood via its Blue and Pink lines.[6][7]

Pending development[edit]

A proposed plan to develop 43 market-rate townhomes on a vacant site has been on hold since 2007 due to economic challenges. However the developer has expressed interest in moving forward with the project, to be called Skyview Towns, in the near future.[8] Additionally, plans to redevelop the nearby Rotunda have restarted after being on hold for several years. These plans include up to 300 market rate apartments and several restaurants and shops, including MOM's Organic Market and CineBistro movie theater.[9] [10]

Additionally, a community group involving residents of the Medfield, Hampden, and Woodbery neighborhoods is pursuing the construction of a dog park at Buena Vista Park.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Medfield neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland". City-data.com. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Joseph L. Arnold (June 1978). "Suburban Growth and Municipal Annexation in Baltimore, 1745-1918" (PDF). Maryland Historical Magazine 73 (2). p. 112. 
  3. ^ http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/real-estate/bal-re.medfield03jul03,0,2701125.story[dead link]
  4. ^ "Medfield Community Association". Medfield Community Association. February 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Baltimore City recreation center to receive make over from United Way corporate partners" (PDF). Medfield.com press release. September 28, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Blue Jay Shuttle - Blue Route" (PDF). Johns Hopkins University. August 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Blue Jay Shuttle - Pink Route" (PDF). Johns Hopkins University. August 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Baltimore/Washington Projects". Manzo Company. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  9. ^ Larry Perl (September 17, 2013). "MOM's Organic Market announced as grocer for Rotunda". The Baltimore Sun. 
  10. ^ Kevin Litten (March 31, 2014). "Rotunda cinemas in North Baltimore will close". Baltimore Business Journal. 
  11. ^ Adam Bednar (July 12, 2011). "You tell us: Does Hampden need a dog park?". North Baltimore Patch. 

Coordinates: 39°20′23.5″N 76°38′38.6″W / 39.339861°N 76.644056°W / 39.339861; -76.644056