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Lunch & Learn: Race and the Road: Fighting the “Highway to Nowhere” and Neighborhood Destruction in Baltimore

Lunch & Learn: Race and the Road: Fighting the “Highway to Nowhere” and Neighborhood Destruction in Baltimore

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Drawing from his book, Stop the Road, Stories from the Trenches of Baltimore’s Road Wars, Evans Paull gives an up close and personal account of Baltimore’s 40-year battle over expressway plans. Paull reveals astonishing stories of how a ragtag band of neighborhood activists, preservationists, and environmentalists managed to protect Baltimore’s historic waterfront communities of Federal Hill, Fell’s Point, and Canton. But this talk also provides a unique window into the city’s callous and unfair treatment its African American populations. The most famous example is the “Highway to Nowhere,” but Paull also delves into the equally revealing cases of the highways that shattered Sharp-Leadenhall and Rosemont. This is Baltimore and its history with race, all revealed in unflinching detail.

Northwest Baltimore resident E. Evans Paull is the author of Stop the Road, Stories from the Trenches of Baltimore’s Road Wars (2022). His career spanned 45 years working as a city planner, first in Baltimore and then nationally on urban redevelopment issues. Paull’s consulting business, Redevelopment Economics, specialized in the challenging renewal issues that come under the umbrella of “brownfields” (contaminated/impaired land). 

Paull has won several awards, including: Brownfields Leadership Award, Phoenix Award (for brownfields redevelopment), Governor’s Smart Growth Award and Professional Achievement in Economic Development Award from the Maryland Chapter American Planning Association. Paull has authored articles that have appeared in twelve professional journals.

Paull is now retired and enjoying life with his wife, three children, and one grandchild.

ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.

Presented in partnership with The Maryland State Archives and The Maryland Four Centuries Project.

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To join virtually visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Facebook or Youtube page. 

Thursday, August 8 at 1:00pm

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Virtual Event, Maryland Interest

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

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Programs For Adults

Event Publisher

Emily Levine, Manager of Adult Services

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