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Pigtown

This article is about the historic neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. For the old neighborhood in Brooklyn, see Pigtown, Brooklyn.
Pigtown Historic District (aka "Washington Village")
Pigtown Historic District, December 2011
Pigtown, Baltimore
Location Roughly bounded by McHenry, Ramsay, West Barre, South Paca, West Ostend, Wicomico, Bush and Bayard Streets, plus B. & O. Railroad (CSX/Amtrak), Baltimore, Maryland
Coordinates

39°16′49″N 76°37′56″W / 39.28028°N 76.63222°W / 39.28028; -76.63222Coordinates: 39°16′49″N 76°37′56″W / 39.28028°N 76.63222°W / 39.28028; -76.63222

Area 50 acres (20 ha)
Architectural style Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 06001177[1]
Added to NRHP December 28, 2006

"Pigtown", also called "Washington Village", is a neighborhood in southwest quadrant of the Pigtown Festival and other events held in "SOWEBO" (Southwest Baltimore).

Pigtown's proximity to the I-95 corridor, the University of Maryland Medical Center, Gerald Field, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M & T Bank/Ravens Stadium, and downtown Baltimore have brought upscale "townhomes" to the eastern edge of the neighborhood, with development now by 2012, jumping west across the ML King Boulevard including the eclectic historical preservation and renovations of Barre Circle. Other parts of the neighborhood have remained "working class" with the older version of "rowhouses" and often with the old 1950's-era "formstone" on the brick front facades. Pigtown is one of a few residential communities in Baltimore that are completely mixed racially, culturally and economically. There are 2,740 homes in the area which continues to enjoy an influx of population, unlike many other Baltimore City neighborhoods. In the decade from 1980 to 1990 the population increased 3%, from 6,503 to 6,705 people, increasing Pigtown's racial and socio-economic diversity.


Transportation

Eastern portions of Pigtown are within walking distance of the Camden Yards Transportation Center (depot), served by both the Baltimore Light Rail and the MARC Camden Line. The latter, along with the neighborhood's proximity to I-95 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, make the neighborhood of interest to an increasing number of people who work in Washington, D.C. but are looking to get out of Washington's expensive housing market. The bus that serves the area is the MTA Maryland Routeline #36.


Education

Baltimore City Public Schools operates public schools.

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore operates parochial schools.


References

External links

  • Pigtown Festival
  • Pigtown Historic District, Baltimore City, including photo from 2005, at Maryland Historical Trust
  • Citizens of Pigtown
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