Free and Open Event! Light refreshments provided
I-83 (JFX) from above, looking north
March 31, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Baltimore Metropolitan Council
1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21230
Continue the discussion @ World of Beer 7:30 – 9:00 pm (one block south from BMC)
The Jones Falls and now I-83 from present day Chase Street to Fayette Street has always served as important conduit for the city of Baltimore. Overlooked and forgotten, the Jones Falls silently yields to the utilitarian duties of a six-lane highway overhead. Yet the river continues to flow towards the Inner Harbor as natured intended. Should this elevated section of highway be reconfigured to allow the Jones Falls to emerge? What are the benefits, the costs?
I-83 handles about 57,000 vehicles on an annual average day (AADT) at its connection to President Street and the volume grows to over 100,000 AADT at Penn Station. There are many implications to consider should this portion of elevated highway become a boulevard. San Francisco, Milwaukee, and Boston have removed sections of downtown freeways and may provide lessons for Baltimore.
How can reconfiguring I-83 and daylighting the Jones Falls maximize the potential for development and economic opportunities? At what cost?
Ponder the possibilities with YPT – Baltimore
Join us as we invite a knowledgeable panel to discuss future possibilities for this corridor. Whether your interest is purely transportation or you’re just curious about all things Baltimore, this topic touches on all aspects of life. Continue the discussion at World of Beer, space is reserved for YPT – Baltimore after the event.
Meet the Panel
We will have some prepared questions for the moderated panel. However, we are looking for questions. Please submit your own questions on twitter with #YPTBmoreJFX to @YPTBaltimore.
Want to learn more even before the event? Don’t worry, here are plenty of resources to become an aficionado:
The Nature of Cities: Global Roundtable on Daylighting and Restoring Urban Streams
Urban Palimpsest – Thoughts on Cities, Culture, and Design: The Path of Least Resistance
Tree Hugging Urbanist: The Jones Falls Valley Corridor
Envision Baltimore: Unlocking the Potential of the Jones Falls Valley Corridor
Danielle Joan Alexander: Baltimore’s Living Machine
City of Seattle: 6 case studies on freeway removal
Congress for New Urbanism: Rethinking Highways in American Cities
Mayors Innovation – details economic and development implications: Rethinking the Urban Freeway
And some more . . .
NY Times: Seoul, South Korea – Peeling Back Pavement to Expose Watery Heavens
Great Ecology: Watershed Era for Urban River Restoration
River Management Blog: What to do with Lost Urban Rivers Beneath Our Feet?