My Baltimore Book

Where you live
shapes who you are.

My Baltimore Book is a guide to the city for the next generation of active, changemaking citizens

In order for Baltimore youth to become active, change-making citizens, they need to understand the complex forces that shape their city. However, learning about Baltimore is often absent from classrooms. Created in collaboration with teachers and students, My Baltimore Book works to fill this gap.

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  • Unit One: People

    Enduring Understanding:

    People make cities like Baltimore come alive.

    Contents:

    Population, census, suburbs, diversity, segregation, Jane Jacobs, Read’s Drugstore

  • Unit Two: Housing

    Enduring Understanding:

    All cities need to provide shelter for the people who live in them. Different cities have different kinds of housing available for residents.

    Contents:

    Formstone, Gentrification, Lessons from Le Corbusier, Public Housing, Vacants to Value

  • Unit Three: Development

    Enduring Understanding:

    City planners and developers design cities and decide what gets built.

    Contents:

    Lessons from James Rouse, The Tourist Bubble, Be a Developer!, Zoning, Made in Baltimore, Why is Baltimore on the Water?, Historic Preservation

  • Unit Four: Health and Safety

    Enduring Understanding

    Cities should be places that help people live healthy and safe lives.

    Contents:

    Blue Lights, Eyes on the Street, Lead Poisoning, The Broken Window Theory, Recycling in the City, Chesapeake Bay, Mr. Trash Wheel, Trash in the Street Pollutes What You Eat!, Tree Baltimore, Lessons from Mr. Ross, Food Deserts, Urban Farming, Arabbers, Baltimore Green Map, Climate Maryland, Energy Saver Checklist

  • Unit Five: Transportation

    Enruding Understanding:

    Transportation is the way people move from one place to another in cities.

    Contents:

    Public Transportation, Bikes, Streetcars, Stop the Road!

  • Unit Six: Government

    Enruding Understanding:

    A government helps keep people safe and healthy by creating laws and providing services for cities.

    Contents:

    Know Your leaders!, City Departments, City Council, Speak Up!, Write a Letter to the Mayor

  • Action Plan

    Enruding Understanding:

    An action plan is a way to take ideas and make them happen.

    Contents:

    Where I Live, Brainstorming, Ideas to Action, Project Checklist


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