Clearly, these streets were not designed for pedestrian access and neighborhood connectivity. So, what were they designed for? As with many of the worst urban conditions in Baltimore, Druid Park Lake Drive, Auchentoroly Terrace and Reisterstown Road are the products of flawed 20th century transportation planning principles that prioritized traffic in the design of streets above all else. It used to be that streets were places for people, businesses and neighborhoods. They were social spaces with a sense of place and identity with multiple uses in additional to mobility. But in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, they became nothing more than plumbing for cars. Their overriding design criteria was to increase flow and relieve congestion. These streets, quite literally, hastened the flight from American cities. Facilitating travel away from the city center reduced urban populations and promoted suburban sprawl. The results are barren border territories that are unfriendly to people and draining to neighborhoods. The damage done from that era of city planning was so severe that American cities like Baltimore have yet to fully recover.