Baltimore's Two Cross Keys Villages

Baltimore's Two Cross Keys Villages

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Baltimore's Two Cross Keys Villages is about two communities virtually next door to one another. As one was dying, the other was born. Cross Keys Village (named after a nearby inn) was established by African Americans in north Baltimore. Forty years ago, in a surprise rush to urban renewal, the city condemned and tore down most of the homes to make room for a high school parking lot. Author Jim Holechek interviewed many of the former residents of the old Cross Keys Village to learn what life was like in their disappearing enclave. The Village of Cross Keys (named after the village that was named after the inn) was begun by developer James Rouse in 1961 when he purchased Roland Park's exclusive golf course. He was called the qSunday School teacher with a Midas touchq and became America's premier builder of new towns and shopping malls. In Baltimore's Two Cross Keys Villages, you'll learn about the tapestry of other hamlets and other people, of qThe Falls Road, q Mt. Washington, Bare Hills and Ruxton, an 1835 log chapel and a woman who carries on the heritage of the slave Tobias. Brief comments from those who read Baltimore's Two Cross Keys Villages: qTerrific!q -John McGrain, Official Baltimore Country Historian; qMust be publishedq -Sarah Fenno Lord; qImportant Maryland historyq -Thomas Mallonee, advertising executive; qMarvelous memoriesq -Paul M. Johnson, retired school principal; qWarm and engrossingq-Holly Parker; qCaptivating!q -W. Scott Ditch, retired Rouse Company vice president.It was a comfortable twoa€”story brick dwelling with a hip roof, covered entry and a fireplace. ... to Tyson Street, the colorful artist colony where owners, mostly Maryland Institute students, were restoring their homes into historic gems. ... After a number of visits, Jim asked Betty and her husband, Bill Steinmetz, also a designer, to establish a design-sense that became a hallmark of Rouse shopping centers.

Title:Baltimore's Two Cross Keys Villages
Author: James Holechek
Publisher:iUniverse - 2003-05-08

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