Last Tuesday I did something I didn’t plan at all on doing but impulsively decided to take part it. I went on the York Road Walk with a little bit of concern but I went with one of my friends so at least I wasn’t flying solo and uncomfortable. I’m no stranger to bad areas and participated in a program throughout high school that allowed inner city kids the opportunity to play tennis. I got to know most of the kids really well and have been to their houses, which exposed me to “the other side of the tracks.” Anyway, I listened to the tour guide talk, as I rubbed the crust out of my eyes, about the history of the road and what others are doing to improve the road and area today. The road dates back to the mid 1700’s and wasn’t modernized until the 20th century. I didn’t know how huge and important the road was so now it’s weird to think of when people tell me to stay away from York Road. How can I stay away from it if it’s like 25 miles long and a main road of Baltimore? The tour guide, I can’t remember his name, talked about how he and his group organize monthly cleanups for the road, which both betters the environment and allows him to connect with the community. He pointed out which restaurants had the best wings and which ones to stay away from after dark. I haven’t really been involved in community service since my junior year of high school but this tour honestly made me reconsider my involvement with the community at this school and I am certain I will explore some form of service next semester.