Last week, University City District completed a new pedestrian plaza that they are calling Baltimore Crossing. The new pedestrian plaza greatly improves walkability at 48th and Baltimore. As PlanPhilly reports, the five-pointed intersection was “notoriously wide [and] difficult to cross.” Now, the intersection is now replete with planters and stone barriers on painted bump-outs that are connected by freshly painted crosswalks. Bump-outs are a common traffic-calming feature that make intersections safer for pedestrians by slowing cars down and reducing the amount of time it takes to cross the street.
UCD created the new pedestrian plaza with the help of a grant from the City. The project is similar to another pedestrian plaza created by the University City District just last year, at 42nd and Woodland.