Painted streetscapes to calm traffic, enhance Baltimore neighborhoods

Kaleah Mcilwain

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Rayobello protected art crosswalks on your way to Lake Montebello in northeast Baltimore.(Grahamprojects/Instagram)

The city announced the development of a new community-led placemaking program that will allow creative projects to be implemented into sidewalks, roadways, alleys and other areas managed by the Baltimore City Department of Transportation (DOT).

The program, Right-of-Way (ROW), is aimed at beautifying neighborhoods, calming traffic and increasing public space for pedestrians. Projects may include:

  • Artistic painting on┬ástreets or sidewalks
  • Landscape plantings
  • Planters and barriers for traffic calming or tactical urbanism
  • Signs such as community gateway signs and interpretive educational signs
  • Parklets or temporary public spaces built within the roadway
  • Other special projects such as art installations, special lighting, or other unique urban designs
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Art in the Right-of-Way is used near a school and playground at 26th and Calvert Streets.(The Baltimore City Department of Transportation)

In an effort to make communities more walkable, many cities have painted colorful crosswalks and murals. Research has found that doing so made streets safer for pedestrians, according to Axios.

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