Academy Neighborhood Overview

Information concerning the neighborhood history, characteristics, institutions and organizations, planning and development.


The Academy neighborhood is bordered by Dr. Martin Luther King Drive to the North and Delmar Boulevard to the South. North Kingshighway Boulevard lies to its East and Union Boulevard lies to its West.


The Academy area was part of the westward expansion of the city and the rapid development of the Central West Corridor prior to and following the 1904 World’s Fair. Established as an upper-middle-class community, this area was predominantly white until after World War II.After the war, the area saw an increase in African-American population. Currently, the area is predominantly African-American.

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