Arsenal of Inclusion Nomination: Jones Falls Trail
The Jones Falls Trail is a walking and biking trail that runs from Penn Station, and leads alternately to the Avenue/Hampden or to
The Trail opens the city by providing an alternative to the JFX, simultaneously making that alternative walk-able: there is a generously wide sidewalk that winds up this trail, and a good amount of gardening/landscaping has been done along the edge of the walkway and river. One passes tomato plants, goldenseal, as well as indigenous species of trees and shrubs. There is something to notice beyond the crafted facade: the fate of the
The uses of this trail are multifaceted. I will explain the major uses of the space heading north on the trail after entering at the intersection of Lanvale and
- Baltimore Bicycle Works is located within the first 200 feet of the trail, to your right, before you pass under the
. Howard Street Bridge 's only union bike shop! link Baltimore
- Under the
Howard Streetbridge is used as shelter by a rotating population of homeless people. It is a generously wide bridge, and provides much needed shelter from the elements... though why there are not enough spaces in public housing for these unfortunate few, still remains to be answered.
- The Baltimore Street Car museum allows visitors to experience riding in restored street cars that used to run through the streets of
. Costs $$. Baltimore
- Along the tracks of BSC museum, there is a larger, abandoned train cab, along with other giant pieces of machinery. It is a beautiful set of ruins, despite being apparently refuse of some sort of historical dumping site, and recently I have been passing a lone drummer who sits there at night.
Baltimore StreetSalt Storage - bunkers of salt used to de-ice the street are approximately directly under the 28th streetbridge, which passes over the trail.
- Callahan Company owns a lot here where their utility vehicles are stored.
- Beyond this point, the trail steepens, and half-way up the hill the trail continues on an offset sidewalk, which zig-zags its way up to
. Hard to miss, but then again, this trail diversion does not explicitly announce what it allows you access to (i.e. The park, pool and lake) Druid Hill Park
- Alternately, continuing along what is now Falls Road, one can turn right up another hill, reaching Hampden and the Avenue.
Because of the amount of uses of this space, and its alternative nature, I nominate the Jones Falls Trail as opening the city. While it is not a busy city street, it connects parts of the city which are usually under, over, or next to each other in a unique way. It is worth considering and visiting, and I hope everyone takes the time to visit