Details are in the Crosswalks

Details are in the Crosswalks

Like we have mentioned before, the little things or the details in urban design should not be overlooked. These details are was to, first, attract residents and tourists and, second, persuade those visitors to visit the other amenities the area offers. For Baltimore, that is exactly what focusing on crosswalks has done. Recently, Baltimore’s Office of Promotion and the Arts implemented the crosswalk “hacks” to draw in visitors to check out the crosswalks and ultimately explore the new arts district that has developed recently. In addition, the crosswalks are also designed by a local artist.  There are several designs. One looks like a hopscotch court; another resembles a zipper!

For White Flint, incorporating local artists’ work into public spaces is an important strategy to add value to the development. Should we focus more attention on art in our public spaces? Please share your ideas.

Check out The Atlantic Cities’ article and pictures of the crosswalks here.  (Photo from the artist, Graham Coreil-Allen’s, Flickr page)

Rebecca Hertz


Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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