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Anson, Melanie. Olmsted's Sudbrook: The Making of a Community. Baltimore, MD: Sudbrook Park, Inc., 1997.
Annotation / Notes: Anson chronicles the history of Baltimore County's Sudbrook Park, a significant example of a residential community planned by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted's "General Plan for Sudbrook" in 1889 epitomized the suburban ideal which he championed, with its separation from the city, yet link for commuting via the nearby Western Maryland Railway line; spacious lots and set backs for cottage-style houses; shared common spaces and amenities; and romantic, naturalistic setting. Anson traces the evolution of the development of Sudbrook, as well as the nature of community social life from the 1890s to the present.
Bangs, Herbert P., Jr., and Stuart Mahler. "Users of Local Parks." Journal of the American Institute of Planners 36 (1970): 330-334.
Annotation / Notes: The authors seek to evaluate the effectiveness of a 1963 Baltimore County law requiring developers to set aside space in new residential sections for small local parks. The study examines parks created in three sample rowhouse developments, based upon interviews conducted with users of the three spaces. The article concludes that the program has been successful in terms of usage, though more by children than teens and young adults, and that proximity to residence determines frequency of use.
Baum, Howell S. The Organization of Hope: Communities Planning Themselves. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1997.
Brooks, Richard. "Social Planning in Columbia." Journal of the American Institute of Planners 37 (1971): 373-378.
Annotation / Notes: An evaluation of the planned community of Columbia at an early point in its development, the article contends that the transition from vision to implementation involves a series of social dilemmas. These included the shift from company town to "thriving democratic polity," the potential conflict between the vision of a new form of urban community versus the prevailing attraction of the suburban ideal, and questions about the appropriate balance between residential and commercial functions in a presumably "post-industrial" society. Brooks wonders whether the failure by the planner and many early residents to face up to the challenges of these dilemmas may represent a "heroic failure" for Columbia.
Dame, Hally Brent. "History of Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage 1930-1987." Calvert Historian 8 (Spring 1993): 48-54.
Hayward, Mary Ellen, and Charles Belfoure. The Baltimore Rowhouse. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999.
Annotation / Notes: Hayward and Belfoure provide a comprehensive history of the evolution of the Baltimore rowhouse, long considered the predominant and distinctive house form in the city. The book addresses the economic aspects of rowhouse development, the role of developers, architectural and design features, and the diverse and changing population whose needs the rowhouse met. Chapters trace the evolution from early federal-style rowhouses in the era of the walking city, through Italianate and Artistic period development in the nineteenth century, to the spacious Daylight form of the first half of the twentieth century. They conclude with consideration of recent decades, noting the irony of new rowhouse construction replacing pubic housing high rises which themselves replaced earlier rowhouses. The volume includes extensive illustrations, both historic and contemporary.
Henderson, Peter Harry. Local Deals and the New Deal State: Implementing Federal Public Housing in Baltimore, 1933-1968. Ph.D. diss., Johns Hopkins University, 1994.
Lancaster, R. Kent. "Green Mount: The Introduction of the Rural Cemetery into Baltimore." Maryland Historical Magazine 74 (March 1979): 62-79.
Annotation / Notes: Lancaster traces the history of Baltimore's Green Mount Cemetery, established in the 1830s as one of the country's earliest urban "rural cemeteries." Modeled after Mt. Auburn in Boston, it was intended as "a careful blending of nature, art, and death." He examines the lists of early subscribers to evaluate the social significance of the institution. He also traces the design and construction of the cemetery, as well as the changing styles for grave markers. Lancaster observes that Green Mount today is surrounded by urban congestion and seldom visited, yet it remains a treasure trove of Baltimore's connection with its past.
Morgan, Jon. Gaining a Yard: The Building of Baltimore's Football Stadium. Baltimore: Baltimore Sun Company, 1998.
Olmert, Michael. "Saving the Chesapeake's Legendary Lore." Historic Preservation 35 (Jan/Feb 1983): 28-37.
Olson, Sherry. Baltimore: The Building of an American City. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980.
Annotation / Notes: Geographical historian Olson focuses on city-building in this history of Baltimore City whose principal theme is the process of urban growth and development. Olson considers the reasons for Baltimore's emergence as an urban center late in the colonial period and the process by which early settlements around the North Branch of the Patapsco coalesced to become the basis for the modern city by 1800. Nineteenth-century themes include the growth of the port and commerce, the impact of railroad and industry, and the associated social conflict stemming from urban life. Olson devotes considerable attention to the dramatic era of city building and expansion in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as to the impact of post-World War suburbanization which left the city "hemmed in" and limited its role in the expanded metropolitan area.
Rogers, Sally Scott. Community Planning and Residential Satisfaction: A Case Analysis of Greenbelt, Maryland. Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, 1975.
White, Roger B. "Whither the Urban History Exhibit? The Peale Museum's 'Rowhouse'." Technology and Culture 24 (January 1983): 76-90.
Annotation / Notes: White argues that the Peale Museum's exhibit,"Rowhouse: A Baltimore Style of Living," reflected recent trends in urban and work history to interpret the lives and experience of ordinary--rather than extraordinary-urban residents. White explains how the exhibit represented a major shift from the Peale's more traditional offerings, contending that the focus upon the ubiquitous, yet distinctive, rowhouse form and its associated life-styles provided an effective way to make a fresh interpretive statement about the history of life in the city. The eventual demise of the Baltimore City Life Museums, of which the Peale was a constituent, lends a special importance to this commentary in terms of museum exhibition history in Baltimore.
Durrenberger, Joseph A. Turnpikes: A Study of the Toll Road Movement in the Middle Atlantic States and Maryland. Valdosta, GA: Southern Stationery and Printing Co., 1931; reprint, 1968.
Annotation / Notes: A fine treatment of the subject with an excellent bibliography.
Kirby, Richard Shelton, and Phillip Gustave Laurson. The Early Years of Modern Civil Engineering. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1932.
Annotation / Notes: Because it concentrates on the history and techniques of highway, canal, and railroad-building rather than on the individual engineers, this is a good companion to Charles B. Stuart's Lives and Works of Civil and Military Engineers of America, 1871.
Newell, Dianne. "The Short-Lived Phenomenon of Railroad Station-Hotels." Historic Preservation (July-September 1974): 31-36.
Braverman, Miriam. Youth, Society, and the Public Library. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 1979.
Glass, Joseph W. The Pennsylvania Culture Region: A View from the Barn. Ann Arbor: UMI Res., 1986.
Kennedy, R. Evan. "Baltimore Downtown Revived Through Private/Public Cooperation." National Civic Review 65 (1976): 503-505.
McDaniel, George W. Hearth & Home: Preserving a People's Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1982.
Parsons, K. C. "Clarence Stein and the Greenbelt Towns: Settling for Less." Journal of the American Planning Association 56 (1990): 161-183.
Reed, Paula Stoner. Building with Stone in the Cumberland Valley: A Study of Regional Environmental, Technical, and Cultural Factors in Stone Construction. Ph.D. diss., George Washington University, 1988.
Shammas, Carole. "The Space Problem in Early United States Cities." William and Mary Quarterly 57 (July 2000): 505-42.