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Edmondson, or Edmondson Village, is a neighborhood located in southwestern Baltimore, Maryland, and encompasses the majority of Edmondson Avenue in the 21229 area. It is made of several smaller communities, including Hunting Ridge, Uplands, Rognel Heights, Wildwood, West Mulberry, Allendale, Edgewood and Edmondson Village. Edmondson is situated north of Frederick Ave. and south of the Gwynns Falls Parkway, Leakin Park and Gwynns Falls Parks.
Between 1955 and 1965, the area of Edmondson underwent racial succession and white flight due to blockbusting. As a result, some of the communities in Edmondson shifted from 100% White to 100% Black during this time. Today, the communities in the area range from middle class to lower-income.
On May 7, 1947, the Edmondson Village Shopping Center, built by developers Jacob and Joseph Meyerhoff, opened to the public. Architects Kenneth Miller and James Edmunds combined traditional and innovative features for the layout of the shopping center. Using traditional Colonial Revival design, they also incorporated a terraced 500-car parking lot. Edmondson Village Shopping Center became one of the first shopping centers to be designed for drivers.
After WWII, more than 29 shops occupied the shopping center. In 1949, a bowling Alley was added, and almost a decade later, the Hecht Company opened a store across the street. In recent years, the Edmonson Village Shopping Center struggled because of rising competition from larger suburban shopping malls. However, it remains a significant place for Edmondson and its surrounding neighborhoods. Some of the shops currently featured in the shopping center are Family Dollar, Party More Party, America's Best Wings, Kimmy's Restaurant & Carry Out, Red Tags, Soul Food and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.
Located on Edmondson Ave., the Edmondson Avenue branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. It was officially opened on July 31, 1952, after long campaigning by the Neighborhood Library Group. Formed from the local residents of Ten Hills and Edmondson, the group operated out of lending stations while asking the Edmonson Village Shopping Center developers to donate a space for the library. Today, the library remains an anchor for the community of Edmondson.
Originally the Edmondson High School, Edmondson-Westside Senior High School was designed by architects Plamer, Fisher, William & Nes. It is an architectural landmark known for its competitive sports teams dating back to the 1960s. The high school consists of two buildings, the Edmondson Building located on N Athol Ave. and the Westside Building located on Edmondson Ave. The Edmondson building is dedicated to Academic studies, while the Western building is used for Technical and Vocational Studies.
When the school was first opened in September 1955, it only had the Edmondson Building. The Westside Building was opened up later in September 1980, several blocks away in the location of the former Hecht company store. It was an independent school in the Baltimore City Public Schools System called the Westside Skill Center. Later on, the two schools merged to form the Edmondson-Westside Senior High School. The high school serves students from 9th to 12th grade and has a total enrollment of 923 students. GreatSchools gave Edmondson-Westside Senior High School a 2 out of 10 rating for college readiness. Niche gave it an overall grade of a C minus.
Operated by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, Edgewood Lyndhurst Recreation Center is located on Allendale St. in Lyndhurst Park. The recreation center is open Mondays to Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring amenities like a gymnasium, rec room and outdoor open area, Edgewood Lyndhurst Recreation Center provides locals and visitors with space for indoor and outdoor activities like basketball, football and foosball.
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