IN baltimore, 'you make it past 18, you're old'

As one of the bloodiest summers in Baltimore's history wraps up, what's next for Baltimore after Freddie Gray?

September 2, 2015

by Timothy Bella

BALTIMORE — Blocks from Freddie Gray’s home is a space that’s now one of the safest parts of West Baltimore.

The No Shoot Zone sits in the heart of the Midtown Edmondson neighborhood, at West Lafayette and North Monroe. Started weeks after Gray’s police-related death and the uprising that followed it, the zone, marked by a mural of a young black boy holding a stop sign, is a community effort to curb gun violence in a four-block radius that’s not controlled by a gang or street family. The results have been promising: Residents say the No Shoot Zone has gone three months without a shooting.

“I’m not taking pride in three months, man,” says Tyrese, a local resident who preferred to go by only his first name. “Now, if it gets to a year? Then I’ll take pride in it.”

Timothy Bella