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Greektown
Neighborhood of Baltimore
Sign for Greektown, December 2014.
Sign for Greektown, December 2014.
Greektown is located in Baltimore
Greektown
Greektown
Coordinates: 39°17′07″N 76°33′07″W / 39.285194°N 76.552056°W / 39.285194; -76.552056
GREEKTOWN BALTIMORE Latitude and Longitude:

39°17′07″N 76°33′07″W / 39.285194°N 76.552056°W / 39.285194; -76.552056
Country United States
State Maryland
City Baltimore
Named forGreek-American ethnic heritage

Greektown is a neighborhood located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

The neighborhood is bounded by Lombard Street to the north, O'Donnell Street to the south, South Haven to the west, and I-895 to the east. A long stretch of Eastern Avenue runs through the neighborhood.

Demographics

In 2014 Greektown was home to around 600 families. During the neighborhood's peak there were around 1,000 families. [1]

History

Greektown has been home to a thriving Greek American community since the 1930s. Once known simply as The Hill, during the 1980s its residents petitioned the Baltimore City Council to change the name of the neighborhood to Greektown.

A bridge shot in the Barry Levinson movie, "Diner", at 21:51 in the movie used Fleet Street at S Newkirk St with the Crown Cork and Seal building in the background.

Greektown underwent a revitalization effort beginning in 2012. [2]

Today

Ikaros Authentic Greek Restaurant, December 2014.

As of 2010, Greektown is about 50.9% white, 22% Hispanic, 17.8% African American, 6.3% Asian, and about 3% all other. A thriving self-contained residential and business community consisting of single family town houses, Greektown is noted for its many restaurants, authentic Greek coffee houses, bakeries and small businesses of many types. It is a diverse community of largely blue-collar people of numerous ethnic derivations. Greektown is mostly Greek and other European descendants, but also includes large numbers of people of Native American, Asian, African-American and Hispanic (particularly Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Dominicans, and smaller numbers of Guatemalans and Salvadorans) ancestry living in a low crime environment.

The neighborhood is home to many Greek restaurants, and to the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. It is home to the annual Baltimore Greek Festival and Parade.

Continuing the consecutive-alphabet scheme that originates in Highlandtown to the west, the north-south streets in this area are: Lehigh, Macon, Newkirk, Oldham, Ponca, Quail, Rappolla, Savage, Tolna, and Umbra.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, April 2013.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Exploring Baltimore's neighborhoods: Greektown". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2014-11-19.
  2. ^ "Baltimore's Greektown Undergoing A Revival". CBS Baltimore. Retrieved 2012-07-04.

Further reading

  • Greektown Community Development Corp. Greektown strategic plan, Baltimore, Md. : Greektown Community Development Corp., 2002.
  • Morgan State University, Community Development Resource Center. Bayview-Greektown, Baltimore, MD: The Center, 1997.

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