Upper Reisterstown Road is a relatively new section of the city. It was annexed by the city in the early 20th century. It was an urban alternative to the "blockbusting" of Lower Park Heights in the 1950s and 60s. Those who couldn't afford the suburbs relocated to Upper Reisterstown Road and recreated the Jewish community they fled just a few miles south. In 1962 Reisterstown Road Plaza opened which created the suburban feel of Reisterstown Road with its acres of ground level parking, an urban no no whether it's past present or future.
The 1980s brought change to Upper Reisterstown Road. More well to do Black families began moving above Northern Parkway alongside existing Jewish families in Glen and the Metro Subway (at least the portion that runs through here) was built. The Metro runs along Wabash Avenue, Sudbrook Park and eventually I-795. I-795 was supposed to run alongside the Metro between I-795 and Wabash Avenue but that plan was canceled due to resident outcry. Reisterstown Road Plaza had seen its day in the sun as well. It began to have a blighted appearance with vacant store fronts showing up and a lower class of shoppers.
The 1990s brought still more change to Upper Reisterstown Road. While still a solid Jewish and Black area Russian and Latino immigrants began to call Upper Reisterstown Road home. Just south of Northern Parkway there is a burgeoning Jamaican Community. Although the area gained population in the 1990s crime and urban decline had begun to set in.
Today, Upper Reisterstown Road is an urban neighborhood with a suburban main street. Reisterstown Road Plaza underwent a major renovation with the addition of a Giant, Marshalls, Home Depot, National Furniture Liquidators, and a Burlington Coat Factory. Pad Sites throughout the property include Applebees, Wendy's, Burger, and a KFC/TacoBell/A&W Foods trio. The interior of the mall still is a "Dirt Mall" with very few traditional mall stores. Between Reisterstown Road and Wabash Avenue lies the Metro Subway, the CSX Lines, and blighted industrial uses that no longer fit the community and Seton Business Park has an outdated design and appearance. Northwest High is in bad shape and a very small percentage of the student body lives near it. Its location has become a burden on the community.