During Wandering the Pike, Graham Coreil-Allen explored and reimagined the urban and suburban spaces of Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia. The alternative walking tour began at the Columbia Pike Farmers Market and was free and open to the public. Participants were invited share insights into the history, design and uses of everyday public spaces along the historic aerial road. The former rural toll road served as an early economic lifeline connecting Washington DC to Virginia. Columbia Pike quickly grew into a booming stretch of motorist amenities at the expense of pedestrian safety and accessibility. Participants experienced firsthand how residents and leaders are helping to transform the suburban drag into an walkable main street for all.
Wandering the Pike was organized by Arlington Arts New Media Curator Paul Shortt and commissioned by Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of the Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, uses the power of the arts to transform lives and build community, and provides programs and services to create an environment that encourages excellence in the Arlington arts community. Photos by Yassine El Mansouri and Paul Shortt for Arlington Arts.