The Historical and Present Events in Pennsylvania Avenue
Even though Pennsylvania Avenue is recognized as a traditional haven for Baltimore’s black community, it has in the recent past tumbled on hard times. The avenue is still popular for its anchorage of the Royal Theatre, the Sphinx Theatre and the Pennsylvania market. The black community sanctuary was characterized by eateries and jazz clubs where local and suburban revellers would meet for entertainment. The avenue’s neighbourhood, popularly known as Old West Baltimore, was a diversified income community in which the rich lived in the marble hill while the working class group lived at the “bottom,” an area nearer to the business district. However, the once black community heritage epic centre was later faced with population influx that saw the rise in societal glitches and consequent migration of the well to do population, deserting the place grappling with the problems.
The collapse of Pennsylvania Avenue and its surrounding is attributed to the great migration in the United States. As African-Americans living in rural areas wallowed in poverty in the early 19th century, the only solution was to flock to urban centres in search of labour. Pennsylvania Avenue was among the places that witnessed a large influx of the black community. This led to overcrowding in the place that the whites opting to fly to some other suburban areas. The overcrowding issue led to slum mushrooming in the area and business closure and transfer as the rich sensed the dangers of the mass population squeezed in small location. As a result, there became an overpopulation menace which was characterized by heightened delinquency, drug abuse and moral decadence.
Today, efforts are being made to restore the place to its cultural status. The Heritage Crossing and the Bakers view have since been constructed to replace the demolished Murphy homes and provide permanent housing. Additionally, independent businesses such as the avenue bakery have been put in place to rekindle the economy of the place and thereby attracting more business owners to set up their enterprises in the revered place.
In conclusion, the rebirth of Pennsylvania depends on the focus that will be put in place by the authority to alleviate the myriad of societal issues facing the place. The increased crime rate and drug abuse in the avenue pose agreat danger to the place’s resurgence and settlement by other people for businesses.