Southeast Baltimore

Southeast Baltimore

Fells Point, Canton, Butchers Hill, Patterson Park, Highlandtown, Greektown – together these great neighborhoods form the even greater whole of Southeast Baltimore.  Jubilee was born in Southeast Baltimore, and Jubilee has played many roles in many Southeast neighborhoods.   We have rebuilt houses, formed community groups, converted large buildings from one use to another, staffed planning initiatives, and played an important role in the largest and most successful effort at neighborhood revitalization in the history of Southeast Baltimore.

Jubilee has been working in Southeast Baltimore for more than thirty years.  When we started, all of Southeast Baltimore was in decline.  Most people predicted a future of crime and abandonment; but community leaders were so fragmented that every attempt to improve conditions met with determined opposition.  Today, Southeast Baltimore is one of America’s urban showpieces.  Small pieces of revival have grown and merged.  In this giant district, with more than 40,000 residents, you can walk for miles and be in good neighborhoods every step of the way.  The neighborhoods of Southeast Baltimore are a great lesson in what the people of Baltimore can accomplish.  More important, they are great places to live, work, and play.

Butchers Hill
On the stately streets of Butchers Hill everyone has a good view.  If you walk on the north-south streets, the harbor opens before you.  On east-west streets, you see the downtown skyline to the west and the green of Patterson Park to the east.  Most houses have roof decks, and many renovators have put their living rooms and kitchens on the top floor of their three-story row houses.

Butchers Hill is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Baltimore.  People of different races and income groups have worked together for years to make Butchers Hill what it is today, one of Baltimore’s handsomest and most popular neighborhoods.

Fells Point
Fells Point is a unique survival, a colonial port town that has somehow survived in the heart of a big American city.  It is lovely and lively.  More than 200 Revolutionary War-era houses line the narrow streets, and it just may be Baltimore’s busiest place for dining and having fun with friends.

Fells Point narrowly escaped destruction in the 1960s and 1970s, when the City condemned it and bought hundreds of houses for the construction of an elevated highway.  Many of Jubilee’s founders helped to win the ten-year fight to stop “The Road,” and Senator Barbara Mikulski first showed her formidable ability to make government respond to the will of the people.  By 1980, the City was selling its vacant houses, and hundreds of renovators were restoring them.  Today, Fells Point is a neighborhood, a commercial district, a tourist attraction, and, increasingly, a good office address.

The dynamic waterfront neighborhood of Canton shows that Baltimore’s rust belt can bounce back.  Long a diversified industrial neighborhood – historians call it “America’s first industrial park,” and the modern process of canning was invented here – Canton lost 20,000 factory jobs in the 1970s, and residents felt the kind of despair that now grips parts of Detroit.  But Baltimore’s waterfront is more than the Inner Harbor.  Good plans and shrewd investments gave Canton an exciting second act as a delightful place to live and play.  You can dock your boat in one of thousands of slips and walk to one of a hundred restaurants and cafes.  And now jobs are returning – office jobs, in buildings old and new, with great water views, free parking, and easy access to I-95.

Patterson Park
Betsy Patterson, who married Napoleon’s brother in 1803, spent her summers in what is now Patterson Park, now the busiest park in Baltimore and home to sports leagues with thousands of adult members.  With Butchers Hill on the west and Canton on the south, Patterson Park has no shortage of active residents and volunteer groups.  The neighborhood north and east of Patterson Park underwent one of Baltimore’s biggest and most successful neighborhood revitalization efforts between 1995 and 2010.