Northeast Baltimore has undergone a transformation from a rural area into a "city suburb," an experience shared by many similar U.S. metropolitan areas. Now reflecting changes through 2007, Eric L. Holcomb’s updated edition traces this prototypical process from the region’s origins as a hunting ground of the Susquehannocks, through its earliest settlement by Europeans in the eighteenth century and its idealization as a picturesque landscape during the nineteenth century, to its rise as a suburb in the twentieth century. Holcomb’s obvious passion for the area, combined with his thorough research in geographic indicators such as land ownership patterns, provide a broad empirical foundation for this richly illustrated history.Distributed for the Center for American Places
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Eric L. Holcomb is a city planner specializing in historic preservation with the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation of the City of Baltimore. Kathleen G. Kotarba is Executive Director of the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.Review:
"Although The City as Suburb is described as a history, the book holds much of interest for geographers and planners....Readers who are not acquainted with the city will also find the book of interest, for Holcomb describes for Baltimore many of the same processes that have become key elements of city formation throughout the United States....In summary, this is a well-researched and well-documented book by an author who is intimately familiar with his subject."(Geographical Review)
"Holcomb gives a sound history of the architecture of northeast Baltimore County, and he expertly ties house, business, and church forms to the social status, ambitions, and financial capacities of the various waves of people who populated the area and imposed through their buildings their version of what the northeast corner meant as a place....Holcomb illustrates that admirably through the built environment, residential aspirations and expectations, and the confusion of modern suburbia, interstate highways, and dense populations that turned a wilderness, a park, a small village into a dystopia."(Journal of Southern History)
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Book Description Center for American Places, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111930066732
Book Description Center for American Places, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB1930066732