This past Saturday, Baltimore Heritage and Bikemore held a tour of areas influenced by Urban Renewal around downtown Baltimore. 30 bicyclists and preservationists rode from Mt. Vernon to the Shot Tower, Charles Center, State Center, and Bolton Hill, learning the social and architectural impacts of massive efforts to transform the City through demolition and new construction from the 1950s through the 1970s.
Bicycling to these sites created an opportunity to see how the human scale was neglected in most urban renewal projects and how the projects broke up the City’s street grid, making navigation more challenging. This was the latest tour by bike that Baltimore Heritage has held. The next tour is a War of 1812, starting from Fort McHenry for 9 miles to Patterson Park, passing a number of locations that were important during the historic Battle of Baltimore. The ride ends back at the Fort with the Defender’s Day celebration on September 8th, 2012.
For more information about the Sept. 8th ride or other upcoming tours, click here