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March 1, 2024

     Global Perspectives

Produced by: Askia Muhammad and Katie Gott

A look at how neighborhoods change as new people move in, and when urban dwellers go to the suburbs. Race and class are issues here, with perceptions that crime rates are rising, fuelled by preconceptions about race. The program profiles the town of Laurel, Maryland, a midway point between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, where Governor George C. Wallace of Alabama was shot and paralyzed during his presidency campaign in 1972. The governor was there appealing to the mostly white constituents. However today Laurel is a town better characterized by its growing minority and ethnic populations, and also by crime. We investigate how the town has changed in the past 30 plus years, and whether crime is actually on the increase, or whether the perception of crime is what is changing.

Historic Home Historic Home Historic Home
These historic homes are common sights on the "Main Street" side of Laurel.
Laurel Museum Laurel Museum Laurel Museum
Laurel, Maryland has its own museum, showcasing the rich history of the town.
Main Street Main Street Laurel Shopping Center
A View of Main Street The Laurel Shopping Center is where Governor George Wallace was shot during his 1972 presidency campaign.
Valencia Motel Valencia Motel Valencia Motel
The Valencia Motel housed some of the 9/11 terrorists prior to the attacks.
Route 1 Route 1, North Laurel North Laurel
Route 1 is a major thoroughfare, running all the way from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland.
Mexican Market
The Laurel Mexican Market caters to the increasing Latino population of the town.
St. Marks Church
St. Mark's Church is the historic African American church in the section of Laurel known as The Grove.

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