This era also marked the beginning of a strong African American community presence in Upton, many having moved to the area from South Baltimore. Families that could afford to bought the former homes of wealth German residents on Druid Hill Avenue and McCulloh Street. Less wealthy families purchased more modest two-story and alley homes. In 1910, George McMechen attempted to purchase a home at 1834 McCulloh Street and was refused based on race. His efforts resulted in the City’s first exclusionary zoning laws to prevent African Americans from purchasing homes in certain neighborhoods.
Upton has all of the ingredients to be a thriving, successful neighborhood: great housing, livable streets, proximity to employment and cultural centers, five train stations within a short walk or drive, a neighborhood commercial district and an extraordinary story to tell about its past. Most of all, Upton has a dedicated core of residents, many of whom have lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years. These stake holders have refused to let go of their belief in Upton’s potential and provided the momentum that moved this planning process forward. The historically rich African American community of Upton is a focus of urban revitalization. Together with the Upton Planning Committee, seven neighborhoods have created a family atmosphere while working to keep the community safe and clean. Shaped like a Christmas tree, Upton has zigzag boundaries which extend clockwise from Dolphin and Pennsylvania along Pennsylvania, Preston, Druid Hill, Biddle, Argyle, Hoffman, Myrtle, Harlem, Brune, George, Fremont, Bloom, Division, Lafayette, McCulloh, and Dolphin.