Prior to 1880, most of Upper Albany Avenue was occupied by family farms. In 1871, the Connecticut and Western Railroad was constructed leading to the establishment of industry in the area south of Homestead Avenue. Before 1900, the extension of Hartfords electric streetcar system lead to the development of large residential development, most of which exist today. During the first part of the twentieth century, most of the neighborhood was inhabited by second generation Irish families, followed by middle income Italian families, and later by Jewish families. Upper Albany was multi-ethnic until World War II. After the War, The number of African Americans increased while other groups declined. The neighborhood is home to industry, business along Albany Avenue, and African American, Puerto Rican, and other Caribbean groups.
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