Roads have a simple purpose: getting people from “Point A” to “Point B”. But our region’s highways have always had a cultural significance beyond their basic use, reflecting the politics, cultural values and public policy priorities of the communities they pass through and connect. From the origins of the Beltway to today’s debates over extending the Metro rail system, we explore the social engineering — not just the civil engineering – behind our region’s roads.


  • Roger Lewis Architect; Columnist, "Shaping the City," Washington Post; and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park
  • Thomas Zeller Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland; Co-editor, "The World Beyond the Windshield: Roads and Landscapes in the United States and Europe" (Ohio University Press)
  • Jeremy Korr Assistant Professor of Social Sciences, and Associate Dean for Arts & Sciences, Chapman University College

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