Wallace McHarg's Plans for Greater Baltimore

Posted: 10 May 2011  

Garrett Power

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This essay considers the growth of the partnership between David Wallace and Ian McHarg into one of the nation’s dominant urban design and environmental planning firms. It focuses on the firm’s undertaking in the Greater Baltimore region in the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s. With the benefit of fifty years of hindsight it looks at the successes and failures of their plans for Charles Center, the Green Spring and Worthington Valleys, and the Inner Harbor. Surprisingly, prize-winning innovations praised in one generation came to be judged as the design flaws of the next. Less surprisingly, their plans to "design with nature" sometimes were used by their clients to promote racial and economic segregation.

Keywords: urban designm Baltimore, ecological planning, waterfront development

Suggested Citation

Power, Garrett, Wallace McHarg's Plans for Greater Baltimore (2011). U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1836621 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1836621

Garrett Power (Contact Author)

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )

500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
United States

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