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Best Place to Run

Baltimore’s unintentional green spaces

The 2010 Census revealed that this incredible shrinking city of ours lost another 30,000 residents in the last 10 years. Most of the side effects of this mass exodus—vacant houses and all the social ills they incubate—are not particularly positive. But if you’re a runner, there’s a silver lining: Nature is reclaiming patches of the city, and there’s nothing like an abandoned road for a peaceful jog tinged with agreeable shades of the apocalypse. A road that skirts TV Hill in Woodberry, meandering perhaps half a mile to Cold Spring Lane, comes to mind. Accessible via a trail in the recesses of Hooper and Rockrose Park (Google it), its pavement is cracked and the woodlands—including some luxurious poison ivy—have begun to devour it, but it remains a good solid running surface. You’re unlikely to meet anyone else there, which makes it a potentially poor choice for a night jog, but by day, it’s a lovely escape right in the middle of the city. Enjoy that odd remote feeling while you can—the road is slated to become a section of the Jones Falls Trail.

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