About a decade later, the surrounding neighborhoods changed rapidly, as speculators induced homeowners to sell their houses at rock-bottom prices, then sold the houses at a premium to incoming Black residents, according to the author W. Edward Orser. Newer shopping centers siphoned business from the Edmondson Village Shopping Center, which gradually deteriorated. The shopping center, once known for its distinctive Colonial Williamsburg architecture and its Christmas lights, became known for crime and the occasional fire.
Dilapidated West Baltimore shopping center sells for $17M, developer says: ‘Now the real work begins’
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