Urban Hiking Reveals the True Walkability of the City of Baltimore, Maryland by @globalsiteplans

Growing up in a house sandwiched between two corn fields, I had a narrow view of what it means to spend time outdoors. Living on a road without a sidewalk, I was discouraged from walking anywhere – not because of distance but from a lack of protection from drivers speeding around turns. Hiking meant following blazes down unpaved paths, searching for crawfish in a creek, and climbing every large rock along the way (sweet freedom). Since getting my driver’s license and moving into the urban Baltimore area for college, I admittedly started taking for granted the amount of access I gained to everything. I think the same realization happened en masse among urban planners years ago, right before new urbanism truly became a thing. In urban planning , you hear a lot of terms like placemaking, built environment, resilience, walkability, bike-ped infrastructure, and so on and so for...

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