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Belair-Edison: Fighting to save a neighborhood for 'the middle'

Marguerite Gallup can see it in her mind's eye: her three children racing Big Wheels in the alley behind their red brick rowhouse, her husband at work at the nearby steel mill. She'd be in the small but serviceable kitchen where she made the family dinner every night. Baltimore's Belair-Edison neighborhood was an idyllic place to raise a family, says Gallup, 68. But that was decades ago, and the alley behind their old Ravenwood Avenue home shows signs of decline today: rusted fences, a tattered basketball net, backyards filled with clutter. In the 25 years since the Gallups — and hundreds like them — left for the suburbs, teams of activists have fought to...