Baltimore & The Environment:
History of the City in providing a Sustainable Habitat for Humanity
Program, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences,
NOTE that the schedule is subject to
change on a weeks notice. Note also that there are days on
schedule reserved for library research, either on the evening of class
or a Saturday as noted. Update as of December 10, 2009:
Discussion/reading leaders are to focus on what we learn and perhaps
don't learn about the interaction of the City during the period covered
by the chapter with the environment (we will call it an environmental
Note that the pdf I provided in the syllabus of case summaries has some
hyperlinks to case materials on http://ecpclio.net. You should now be using the entry on ECPCLIO.NET and not the pdf. To access you will
need to use the user name and password of:
and search for your case. We will go over this in class.
Also by October 1, please choose three people from your case
(plaintiff, defendant, lawyers, judge, etc.) as possible subjects of a
biographical sketch worthy of Wikipedia and send me the choices by
email, but bring them with you to the session at the Hopkins Library on
September 26. For that session, also attempt to determine
where on the map of Baltimore City your case originated/applies.
- Week 1 (September 10) Overview of the Course and
Course objectives. Students should review the summary of court cases
and choose their three top choices, mailing those choices to
the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org
by 9 a.m. next Thursday morning (September 17).
- Week 2 (September 17) Discussion
Introduction to the History of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed & The Empty
Century (ecp), Rhythms
of Growth, 1745-1788 (ecp), Order
and Disorder, 1789-1801 (Davies),
Commerce is the
Mainspring, 1802-1821 (Albinak), in Sherry Olson,
Baltiimore. Assigned students lead the discussions of the
assignments and introduction to web based tools for research and
writing will follow discussion of the reading.
- Week 3 (September 26)
that there is no
class on Thursday the 24th. Class will meet on
September 26, at the
Hopkins Library for in introduction to resources there, and a
methods and research strategies for papers. Ellen Keith of the
library staff has offered to lead the introduction to the library's
- Week 4 (October 1) Discussion
Grand Civic Procession, 1822-1837 (Ambrose) ,with a discussion of Barron v. Baltimore, and A Lifelike Energy, 1838-1865 (Johnson).
Review of case materials and choice of biographical subjects.
- Week 5 (October 8) Discussion
of A Rent in
the Social Fabric, 1866-1877 (Stewart), and Consolidation, 1878-1899 (MacPhee).
Review of case materials and biographical research on chosen
- Week 6 (October 15) Discussion of The Art of Urban Landscape,
1900-1918 (Hanna), and
A Place to Move About In, 1919-1934 (French). Review
of case materials and biographical research.
- Week 7 (October 22)
Discussion of Hemmed
in, 1935-1979 (Shumaker), and Wind
and water, 1970-1996 (Gilchrist).
Review of case materials and biographical research.
- Week 8 (October 29) Review of case materials and biographical research. NOTE
THAT the critique and analysis of Sherry Olson's
in the context of how she presents and deals with
impact issues is due as an attachment to an email to the instructor by
midnight of this class. There will be a point reduction of
up to 10 points for any late assignment.
- Week 9 (November 5)
Students to use class time for
research at the Johns Hopkins University Milton S. Eisenhower Library
where they will work with reference staff (details pending).
- Week 10 (November 12) Class Presentations, three
- Davies: Mayor and City
Council of Baltimore v. Fairfield Improvement Company, 1898
- Hanna: Roland Park Co. v.
- Stewart: State v. Hyman,
- Week 11 (November 19)
Guest Lecture (to be announced)
- Week 12 (November 26)
Thanksgiving. No Class.
- Week 13 (December 3)
Class Presentations, three students
- MacPhee: Fahenstock v. Feldner, 1904
- Albinak: Bonaparte v. Denmead, 1908
- Schumaker: Tighe v. Osborne, 1926
- Week 14 (December 10)
Class Presentations, four students
- Johnson: Warren v. Fitzgerald, 1948
- Gilchrist: Chissell v. Mayor and City Council, 1949
- Ambrose: Hylton v. Mayor, 1972
- Week 15 (December 17)
drives must be in the mail to the instructor by class time,
6:10 p.m. It should contain your final paper and all notes, etc.
taken for your case as well as a copy of your mid-term review of Olson.
Be sure to wrap the USB Drive or to pad it well and send it to:
206 Oakdale Road,
Baltimore, Maryland 21210
will be out of the country until December 22. I wish you all a
very happy and peaceful holiday. I have enjoyed working with you