Waverly: The Sixties & Seventies

During the 1960s and 1970s Waverly underwent a decline, due to white flight, riots in the wake of Martin Luther King's assassination, and the erosion of Baltimore City's tax base. However, even during this time there were a few highlights in the neighborhood. Perhaps the most interesting was the rise of a vibrant counterculture based in communes and group homes located in the neighborhood's original Victorian frame houses. This subculture had its own commercial strip located on 31st Street, which included numerous bookstores, a food coop, and the offices of several political and labor organizations.