Museum of Urban Planning

Route 40West

Imagine the neighborhoods of Fells Point, Federal Hill, and Edmondson Village torn down to make way for a super-highway. If community activists hadnít stopped the urban planners, government officials would have been glad to turn the entire city of Baltimore into one giant concrete canyon on the route between Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Route 40West stands as a monument to the destruction of an African-American community that, unlike its European-American neighbors, apparently did not have the resources (financial, political, and organizational) to protect itself.

For a much more thorough examination of the impact of highways on already existing communities, see IN OUR PATH, Jeff Gatesí prize-winning internet photo documentary on the building of ìthe last freewayî in LA.

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