Focus has been on Roland Park in recent weeks. It is easy for us Roland Parkers to take our verdant, well-planned community for granted. When interest from others comes, it increases our appreciation.
First, Justin Martin, the author of Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted came to town. He wanted a tour of Roland Park, so his host called me. Fortunately, I had just that morning been working on tour of Plat 2, where the Olmsted firm was first involved. The facts were fresh in my mind, and a fellow Olmsted admirer was working with me. Together we toured Wyman Park, Roland Park and Guilford. That much of this community is still intact 115 years after the Olmsteds were first involved says a lot about the strength of their original design. It also says a lot about the vigilance with which the community has preserved the design, architecture, landscape and unique features like the footpaths and green islands.
Anne Tyler gave a rare interview at the end of the same week. She walked her NPR interviewer through Roland Park, commenting about walking on a sidewalk beside a woods. My guess is that they were walking along Deepdene Road or perhaps Wilmslow near Stony Run. That these green spaces are still intact continues the Olmsted vision of connecting man and nature. It becomes more valuable with every passing year.
A week later, a woman whose property was used in the filming of the movie adaptation of Anne Tyler’s novel The Accidental Tourist, sent word that “America’s Most Wanted” was shooting at a house on Woodlawn Road.
Even crime shows are interested in being in Roland Park.