Baltimore area motorists who limit their travels to interstate arteries are doing themselves a great disservice. They are depriving themselves of moments of beauty and reflection which are at least as important to human fulfillment as being able to keep up with busy schedules.
One of Baltimore's delights is that so much relatively pastoral land and serene scenery remains close to the hustle and bustle of the urbanized centers. A drive along Falls Road reminds us of that. So do travels along many other county side roads, which are full of surprising links to different, less hurried times.
A new series of maps, Baltimore County Scenic Roads, provides handy tools for leisurely day-tripping. When completed later this summer, the maps will have documented the scenic routes and the most important historic landmarks in each of the county's seven council districts.
So far, three maps are out. They focus on the sights of the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh councilmanic districts. A map of the vistas of the Second district is about to go to the printers. All are free for the asking and obtainable at the Promotion and Tourism Office, 10 Towsontown Boulevard East, Towson 21204. Telephone: 887-8040.
This project aims to increase Baltimore County residents' awareness of their heritage. For that reason, sets of maps are being distributed to public schools and community organizations. The maps also call attention to new regulations being considered by the county Planning Board that would protect designated scenic roads from adverse development encroachment.
Preserving natural beauty must be a public policy, just as historic protection is. Like good schools, parks and recreation, it is one of the attributes of pleasant living that makes Baltimore County what it is not only for today's citizens but for future generations.