Learn about the cultural and environmental impacts of cars in and around Druid Hill Park.
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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.