A Haven For Artists, A Place For Entertainment

Highlandtown Boasts A Small-town America Feel

Neighborhood Profile Highlandtown

July 05, 2009|By Rebecca Boreczky | Rebecca Boreczky,Special to The Sun

Highlandtown is an artists' haven and a city arts and entertainment district bounded by Haven Street on the east, Pratt Street to the north, Patterson Park to the west and Eastern Avenue to the south.

The neighborhood has a blue-collar, small-town America feel. But, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 70 percent of its workforce is white-collar, 65 percent of the households don't have children and the median age is 36.

It was traditionally a German-American blue-collar working neighborhood that is now a Polish, Italian, Irish and Latino community of artists.

Established as a village in 1866, it was first called "Snake Hill." The first German-Americans changed the name to Highlandtown because of the views overlooking Baltimore.

In 1919, it officially became a Baltimore neighborhood.

The state of Maryland has designated Highlandtown's neighborhood as a city Arts & Entertainment District. This allows artists living and working on art-related renovations tax exemptions.

Edward J. Gallagher was the architect of the late 19th- and 20th-century brick rowhouses that line Highlandtown.

Housing:: There are 6,630 homes within the arts district of Highlandtown. Residents enjoy a good residential, commercial and light-industrial mix. Housing prices start in the mid-$60,000s and go up to the high-$100,000s.

Many of Highlandtown's restaurants, pubs and galleries have benefited from their affluent community neighbors of Canton and Fells Point.

Schools:: The Highlandtown neighborhood schools are Highlandtown Elementary, William Paca Elementary, Highlandtown Middle, Canton Middle and Claremont School.

Shopping: : More than 27 artist studios line the streets of Highlandtown. Twelve artist studios are on Eastern Avenue, 11 more on Fleet Street, and there are some scattered between.

Dining out:: After World War II, Highlandtown gained the reputation of having some of Baltimore's best bars and pubs. By the late 1800s, there were 23 taverns in the 3500 block of Eastern Ave.

Today, Highlandtown residents can enjoy a cold brew at places like the Venice Tavern on Conkling Street, Enrico's on Haven Street or the Laughing Pint on Gough Street.

Nightlife: : Today's growing Latino community of Highlandtown has added a taste of spice at restaurants such as Chicken Rico. Residents can enjoy the old-world flavors of early German Highlandtown by stopping in at Hoehn's Bakery and Diner.

Recreation:: Highlandtown's western edge is bounded by Patterson Park.

This park provides bikers, joggers and walkers smooth pathways, fishing and boating on the lake, an observatory and sports fields.

Residents also enjoy the local farmers' market.

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