2100 Block of Stark Street2100 Stark Street
Effects of Segregated Communities
Like other heavily African American neighborhoods, Lower Waverly received municipal improvements and services decades later than other (often more affluent) Columbia suburbs. Among the improvements made was street paving, which still hadn't occurred on Stark Street in 1961.
Many long-time Lower Waverly residents remember sections of their neighborhood blighted by trash. Garbage pick-up did not become a reliable service within the district until the mid-20th century. Columbia's Fight Blight efforts in January of 1967 included remedying such problems found within the Millwood area.