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Crossing the Highway to Nowhere

April 01, 2017

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Former Social Security Adminstration offices plaza
398 N Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Along with planning to put a highway through Fell’s Point and Federal Hill in the 1960s and 1970s, city planners also plotted a new highway through West Baltimore. Unlike its eastern counterpart, however, which was stopped before construction began, a stretch of the road in West Baltimore actually got built. This stretch of a little over a mile from Martin Luther King to the West Baltimore MARC Station, dubbed the “Highway to Nowhere,” paved through a number of West Baltimore neighborhoods and its impacts are still felt today. This walking tour will give us a chance to get out on foot and explore the physical road with its interchanging embankments, brutalist piers and pastoral landscaping, while also learning how people currently use this highly public, yet overlooked space. The tour will include a discussion around the history behind how residents fought against the highway and eventually succeeded in blocking it from going even further through the rest of Baltimore. Our tour guide, public artist and preservationist Graham Coreil-Allen, will lead us literally across the Highway to Nowhere, and may challenge us with a few voluntary physical activities like trying to step over jersey barriers.

Event Details

Event Category General Information Neighborhood

  • History
  • Admission: $15-$25
  • Westside


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  • Westside
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