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"How come Bolton Hill is white?"

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I guess we'll have to buy the book to find out

 

It started with a routine real-estate transaction. Few people noticed when Attorney W. Ashbie Hawkins bought the rowhouse at 1834 McCulloh St. on a rainy June Thursday in 1910, but three weeks later, Hawkins was big news. As The Baltimore Sun reported in a front-page story, Hawkins was black. The Sun's headline: NEGRO INVASION.

 

Hawkins' purchase, and the reaction that followed, set off the chain of events that cemented Baltimore's neighborhood segregation--by class, race, and religion--for the next century, according to Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City (Ivan R. Dee). The book, former Sun reporter Antero Pietila's first, was 10 years in the making, and it is packed with unflattering stories about such Baltimore icons as Joseph Meyerhoff (who wouldn't sell to Jews in his Roland Park development), James Rouse (before he was an integrationist, he went along to get along with prevailing racist real-estate rules), and Morris Goldseker (who amassed the $11 million fortune bequeathed to his eponymous foundation as a notorious blockbuster whose rent-to-own contracts bankrupted the African-Americans to which he sold).

 

According to the article, the Sun maintained separate classifications for real estate ads through the early 60s: Colored, Gentile, Jewish. The article also notes that segregation ordinances were written following Hawkin's purchase, although doesn't go into great detail. The focus of the book is on the blockbusting that went on as neighborhoods changed dramatically in a few years.

 

Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City by Antero Pietila.

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I think the book will be an interesting read. My parents bought their first house in the arly 60's, and we were the 2nd or 3rd black family on the street.

 

Out of morbid curiousity what is the makeup of your neighborhood now??:confused:

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Maybe someone needs to write a book about white flight and the reasons for it, including but not limited to the Baltimore riots of 1968, increasing drug infestation and the crime associated with it...rather than reading'seeing it everyday in/on the news.

 

Tit-for-Tat ;)

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I wonder why???;)

 

I would attempt to answer the question if I thought you were sincerely interested in the answer. There is about a snowball's chance in hell that you are actually interested in a serious and rational discussion.

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Another good read, Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class by Mary Pattillo McCoy.

 

Great even read even if you are not a Sociologist..

 

Thanks for the recommendation.

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I think I'll wait til the movie comes out.

 

You can watch the TV show Mad Men to see what life was like 50 years ago, boy howdy have things changed.

 

The bigger question is why would neighborhoods turn into violent cesspools once one race of people move out and another move in?

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You can watch the TV show Mad Men to see what life was like 50 years ago, boy howdy have things changed.

 

The bigger question is why would neighborhoods turn into violent cesspools once one race of people move out and another move in?

 

Drugs that one race of people introduced to those neighborhoods to make money

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Drugs that one race of people introduced to those neighborhoods to make money

 

Marijuana, for starters, was outlawed because it was considered a "negro" drug. Care to provide evidence for your claims?

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Marijuana, for starters, was outlawed because it was considered a "negro" drug. Care to provide evidence for your claims?

 

Feel free to do your research and compare black neighborhoods in the 50's(pre-drugs) to black neighborhoods from the 60's on(drug era). I'm not doing your homework for you

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Feel free to do your research and compare black neighborhoods in the 50's(pre-drugs) to black neighborhoods from the 60's on(drug era). I'm not doing your homework for you

 

Translation: I don't have evidence for my claims.

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Originally Posted by genghiskhanraven

You can watch the TV show Mad Men to see what life was like 50 years ago, boy howdy have things changed.

 

The bigger question is why would neighborhoods turn into violent cesspools once one race of people move out and another move in?

 

 

Drugs that one race of people introduced to those neighborhoods to make money

 

Byng-F-in-GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The bigger question is why would neighborhoods turn into violent cesspools once one race of people move out and another move in?

 

The bigger question is why would some neighborhoods turn into violent cesspools once one race of people move out and another move in? Every black neighborhood is not a 'cesspool' of violence.

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I think simply blaming drugs is an oversimplification, much like blaming "a race" for introducing the drugs or for the "violent cesspools".

 

We can agree to disagree matt, but my parents told me what the neighborhoods were like before drugs were introduced to it and the overnight change it caused

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Drugs that one race of people introduced to those neighborhoods to make money

 

Are you saying those drugs weren't there prior? I'm sure they were.

 

Besides, as a boy I well remember the "Kill The Pusher- Black October" graffitti sprayed on many a wall off of North Ave., Gay St., etc. When did the big change occur where drugs just simply "took over?"

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