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New hope for historic road showing its age
New hope for historic road showing its age

The rise of this city in Harford County and its decline owed much to U.S. 40 and the car-centric culture of 20th century America. From World War II to the 1960s, motels and gas stations sprouted along the main road from Baltimore to Philadelphia to accommodate road-weary travelers. Diners served up coffee and gossip to neighbors and road-trippers alike on what was also the main local drag. But when Interstate 95 opened, running parallel to U.S. 40 just a few miles to the west, the flow of out-of-town cars slowed to a trickle. Today, many of the motels that remain offer cut-rate rooms or are boarded up altogether. Eateries such as the iconic New Ideal Diner in Aberdeen have shut down....