Baltimore History Revealed in Unflinching Detail

Fell’s Point, the Clipper ships and slavery; Sharp-Leadenhall Freedmen the Quakers, and Elisha Tyson.  Stop the Road fills in many gaps in Baltimore’s history, documenting the stunning events that saved the historic waterfront but left behind the Highway to Nowhere as the most visible reminder of the City’s unfair treatment...

Bob Eney and Fells Point, a juncture that may have saved a community

"What an astounding thing that one person’s knowledge, interest and energy could have such an impact on all of us who today call Fell's Point home... One passionate soul really can make a difference!!"   Kathleen Haller, Fells Point resident, commenting on Bob Eney’s passing in 2016 (originally posted at Next...

Saving Leakin Park

The advocates that successfully thwarted the City’s plan to build I-170 through Leakin Park gathered on November 11, 2021 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Volunteers Opposing the Leakin Park Expressway (V.O.L.P.E). Those pictured are: Iris Reeves (x-Councilmember and wife of x-Councilmember Norman Reeves, one of the...

The Highway to Nowhere, Explained but Inexplicable

It was a cliffhanger. The City was facing a federal deadline to get I-170 under construction before July 1, 1973, but they could not start construction until the Federal Court ruled on the lawsuit brought by the Movement Against Destruction (MAD). Bill Hellmann and David Wagner would later serve as...

The Pratt Street Route

Some may wonder - the schematic plan shown on this page (with the expressway following Pratt Street and crossing the Inner Harbor piers) - who was responsible for that monstrosity? This was Planning Director Phil Darling's 1960 plan. Here is a short excerpt from the book: "To the critics of...

Baltimore on center stage, illustrating transportation inequities

There were no press conferences... no photo ops... nothing on the six o'clock news, but, make no mistake, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in Baltimore to make a point. Foxx's target audience for this 2016 workshop was not the electorate or even the local stakeholders; rather, the audience was Foxx's...

Art Cohen and “The Road Building Blues”

Art Cohen then (1969) and now (2019).  At right, Art Cohen, the Movement Against Destruction's (MAD) second president, holding up a 45 of his self-penned song, the Baltimore Road-building Blues. He performed the song at several hearings, as well as at the Baltimore Board of Estimates. Where other anti-highway activists...