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City works to improve safety for children's walk to school
City works to improve safety for children's walk to school

Principal Mark Gaither stands outside Wolfe Street Academy most mornings watching children scamper toward the school, some jumping — like frogs on lily pads — from one big green footprint painted on the sidewalk to the next. The footprints — which rankled some neighbors when they appeared at the start of the school year — are the most conspicuous sign of a nearly $3 million project in Baltimore to make the routes children walk to school safer with additional crosswalk markings, pedestrian countdown signals, strategic placement of crossing guards and signs with flashing beacons. Tracy North, who walks her first-grade daughter, Olivia Hayden, three or four blocks to...

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