The heart of our district beats with the legacy of the original Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as Black Wall Street. In the early 20th century, this area emerged as a symbol of African American prosperity, entrepreneurship, and unity. Despite facing significant racial and economic challenges, the community thrived, creating a self-sustaining economy where businesses flourished and cultural life blossomed.
This historical district serves as our guiding star. The resilience, creativity, and communal bonds that defined Black Wall Street are the pillars upon which our own Greenwood District is built. We draw inspiration from their ability to create a thriving economy that circulated wealth within the community, empowering each individual and the community as a whole.
Greenwood District embraces a future of diversity and inclusion for all. Our philosophy: create a vibrant community where every individual, regardless of background, has equal opportunities to prosper. We're building a neighborhood where diversity is our strength and inclusivity our foundation. .
Our commitment is to create a landscape where opportunity is not just a privilege but a right shared by all. Here in the Greenwood District, we strive to cultivate an environment where everyone, regardless of their background, has access to the tools and resources necessary to flourish. From entrepreneurs and artists to residents and visitors, our goal is to foster a community where each person can find their path to success and fulfillment.
Empowerment Through Inclusive Growth We believe that the true measure of our success is not just in the wealth we generate but in the bridges we build. Our district is more than a hub of economic activity; it's a place where cultural, social, and economic inclusivity are interwoven into the fabric of daily life. We are committed to ensuring that our growth includes everyone, providing platforms for voices that need to be heard and stories that need to be told.
A Future Built on the Foundations of the Past As we look forward, our vision for the Greenwood District is clear: to be a beacon of hope and progress, reflecting the strength that comes from a diverse and inclusive community. Inspired by the past, we are building a future where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and contribute to a vibrant, dynamic neighborhood.
No, our community is for everyone. While inspired by the historic Black Wall Street, the Greenwood District in Hagerstown is an all-inclusive space for all creatives, regardless of race or background.
Hagerstown was selected for its strategic value as a transportation hub on the East Coast. Its location allows for rapid delivery services, reaching 90% of the U.S. population within a day. The neighborhood is close to many updated amenities including the Hagerstown Boxcars baseball stadium, Maryland Theatre, Washington County Library, Hagerstown Cultural Trail, City Park, and the future multi-use sports complex. Additionally, the zoning laws here support increased business development.
It is centrally located to major East Coast cities, being approximately 67 miles from Washington, D.C., which takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to drive. This central location makes it an ideal spot for a vibrant community with easy access to various urban centers, enhancing its potential for business and cultural exchanges.
In our initial research, we discovered that architect Isaiah T. Hatton, known for his work with Black developers and born in Hagerstown, inspired the creation of Tulsa’s Greenwood District. Hagerstown's location on the Mason-Dixon line and its rich Civil War history add to its cultural significance.
The district is designed to be walkable, connecting E & W Baltimore St, S. Potomac St., and S. Locust St in Hagerstown, MD through alleyways. Our vision is to enhance cohesion in the neighborhood by adding lighting, signage, maps, and more art. We aim to create an environment similar to thriving urban communities like H Street in DC, Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria, or SoHo, fostering a unique, entrepreneurial spirit.