Most compare Bay Side to New York’s Harlem; it is here that the Uptown Gotham style of jazz was developed in the 1930s and where the civil rights activists of the 50s and 60s had their start. Despite the successes of the Civil Rights Movement, segregation persists – blacks tend to live west of Akron Avenue and Hispanics, from around the globe, tend to live on the east side. A strong civic organization has managed to hold off the rush to gentrification that has impacted other areas of the city; though the blocks north of West Bank Street have fallen victim to it. Capitalizing on the cheap real estate costs in the district, developers have constructed Gotham’s newest and glitzyest mall, the Crystal Palace; eight floors of shopping and restaurants book ended by city, county and state office spaces and two of the city’s most glamorous hotels, all built on a Metro Station designed to link visitors to the far reaches of the city.
Bay Side Locations of Note
the Crystal Palace
the Regency Theater [pg 108]
the Hotel Philippe [pg 96]
Images of Bay Side
An evening’s worth of smoke in a bar that’s never heard of the no smoking law.
The sound of jazz on Carrico Street late at night.
Groups of youth gathered in alley ways to rap.
Young men waging war on the basketball court.
Back to Uptown.