ⓘ Yale Heights (Baltimore)

Yale Heights (Baltimore)

ⓘ Yale Heights (Baltimore)

Yale Heights is a neighborhood in the Southwest District of Baltimore, located between Beechfield and Irvington. Most of its homes were built in 1955 as a development of two-bedroom, brick townhouses. Its population in 2008 was estimated at 2.916.

The communitys boundary with the Beechfield neighborhood runs along South Beechfield Avenue from South College Road south to Frederick Avenue north. Its boundary with Irvington follows Maiden Choice Run from Frederick Avenue north to Loudon Park Cemetery south.


1. Maiden Choice Run

Maiden Choice Run, a small tributary to Gwynns Falls, flows along the boundary between Yale Heights and Loudon Park as well as the Irvington boundary. In 2008, the stream was selected for a $1.4 million urban stream restoration project as part of efforts to improve the water quality of Chesapeake Bay tributaries.

Continuing efforts to improve water quality of the Gwynns Falls watershed resulted in a $1.6 million restoration project for Maiden Choice Run in December 2009. This project involved planting 140 trees and thousands of native plants along 2.700 feet of the stream near Beechfield Elementary School. A storm drain in this section of the stream was removed to stabilize the natural flow of water.


2. Catonsville Short Line Railroad

Although the train made no stops in Yale Heights, the Catonsville Short Line Railroad passed through the southern end of the neighborhood before crossing Beechfield Avenue. The 3.5 mile, single-track line of the Catonsville Short Line Rail Road Company began operating on November 10, 1884. It provided passenger and freight service from Baltimore & Potomac Railroad at St. Agnes station (near St. Agnes Hospital to Mellor Avenue in Catonsville.

Passenger service on the Catonsville Short Line became unprofitable when the electric trolley began service along Frederick Road in 1897 and was discontinued by the railroad in 1898. Hudson Realty Company purchased the rail line in 1945, changing the name to Caton & Loudon Railway. From this point, the rail lines freight business steadily declined as the highway system was developed throughout the area. The last carload traveled along the line in April 1972. It was officially abandoned by Penn Central on July 28, 1973.

A plan in the 1970s to develop the former Catonsville Short Line into a hiking trail never got past the concept stage; the routes right-of-way was forgotten and allowed to grow wild. The portion of the rail line passing through Yale Heights, between the point where it exits Loudon Park to the Beechfield Avenue crossing, became overgrown with a thicket of trees. The crossing was paved over, but portions of the rails remain visible on each side, protruding slightly through the soil and grass. A portion of the proposed hiking trail, running between the Charlestown community in Catonsville and Spring Grove State Hospital, was eventually implemented as the Short Line Railroad Trail, but this did not include any of the railroad right-of-way in Yale Heights.

The wooded area between Loudon Park Cemetery and the houses along Yale Avenue is known unofficially as the "Catonsville Short Line park". The southern portion of the "park" is part of the former railroad right-of-way; the northern portion of the wooded area grows along the banks of the Maiden Choice Run.


3. Public transportation

Route 10 MTA Maryland passes through Yale Heights as it travels between Dundalk and Catonsville. The bus serves stops along Yale Avenue from Frederick Avenue in Irvington to Cedar Garden Road in Yale Heights. From Cedar Garden Road, the bus turns North onto Beechfield Avenue, as it returns to Frederick Avenue from its loop through Yale Heights.

Quickbus Route 46 stops at Yale Avenue and Eldone Road in Yale Heights as it travels between the Paradise Avenue Loop and the Cedonia Loop. It provides service only on weekdays, from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The UMBC shuttle bus makes three stops in Yale Heights.

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