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Roadblocks: The Effects of Highways In and Around Druid Hill Park

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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This program is hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live. Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation and a Zoom link. If you do not receive a link, please contact ndennies@aiabalt.com. If you do not contact us at least 1 hour prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history.

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support the BAF, Baltimore Heritage and Clean Water Action. Your support helps us make up for lost tour and program revenue from COVID-19 and create more virtual programs like this.

Join public artist Graham Coreil-Allen and environmental activist Jennifer Kunze as they explore the cultural and environmental impacts of cars in and around Druid Hill Park. Beginning in the 1940s, car-oriented planning deprived neighboring residents of the public health, cultural, and economic benefits of Druid Hill Park. Construction of the Druid Hill Expressway and the Jones Falls Expressway resulted in dangerous five-to-nine-lane-wide highways encapsulating the park, and blocking access by nearby residents. Further, this influx of cars brought increased air pollution into the neighborhoods.

Graham will shed light on The Access Project for Druid Hill Park (TAP Druid Hill), his initiative to bring together diverse neighborhood groups to shape the future of transportation around and access to Druid Hill Park. Jennifer will join the conversation from another angle to discuss the environmental and public health impacts of car travel in the city. The transportation sector is responsible for about 1/3 of asthma-causing air pollution, more than any smokestack, and Baltimore’s car-centric planning has harmed our air and water.

About the Speakers

Graham Coreil-Allen is a Baltimore-based public artist making places more inclusive and livable through public art, placemaking, and civic engagement. Coreil-Allen collaborates with neighbors to interpret and activate public spaces through public art for pedestrian safety and play, interactive mapping, radical walking tours, and neighborhood advocacy. Whether creating artistic crosswalks, memorable wayfinding, interactive sculptures, or light art installations, Coreil-Allen caringly infuses public space with play and accessibility.

Jennifer Kunze is the Maryland Program Organizer at Clean Water Action, where she works to support local campaigns in communities across Maryland. In Baltimore, her work has focused on banning crude oil train terminals, understanding the risk of lead in our drinking water supply, supporting offshore wind development, advocating for better assistance and prevention for people dealing with sewage backups in their homes, and more.