Wye Island Insiders, Outsiders, and Change in a Chesapeake Community

ISBN-10: 1933115408
ISBN-13: 9781933115405
Edition: 2007
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Description: Today, most of the 2,800 tranquil acres that make up Wye Island are managed by the Department of Natural Resources of the Maryland Park Service. However, from 1973 to 1974, this island was the site of a raging controversy. A major developer, James  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Today, most of the 2,800 tranquil acres that make up Wye Island are managed by the Department of Natural Resources of the Maryland Park Service. However, from 1973 to 1974, this island was the site of a raging controversy. A major developer, James Rouse, wanted to build a compact waterfront village that would be surrounded by large estates, protected farms, and wetlands. A boyhood resident of nearby Easton, Maryland, Rouse hoped that the island could avoid the sprawl of unplanned subdivisions that were marring so many other places along the Eastern Shore. Combining history, journalism, character sketches, and sharp sociological insights, Boyd Gibbons presents both sides of the struggle. Though the book deserves new attention for its example of the environmental activism that began to emerge in the 1960s and early 1970s, Gibbons is clear in revealing that not all of the opposition to Rouse was based on conservationist values. For one thing, residents were protesting a plan that many people today would regard as progressive and as a model for "smart growth." Many of the opponents were no more favorably disposed to a park than to a village. Their interest was in protecting their very private views of the water -- and their independence from the racial and ethnic diversity that might come with new migrants from Baltimore and Washington. In fact, rich landowners, poor "natives," and many recent newcomers opposed the Rouse project, distrusting change and, above all, fearing the onslaught of "outsiders." The special reprint of Wye Island includes a new foreword by distinguished environmental historian Adam Rome, who explores the book's enduring themes in the context of current debates about land use, development, and sprawl.

Foreword to the Special Reprint Edition
Foreword to the Original Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
The Rouse Vision
The Rouse Plan Evolves
The Natives
The Rich
The Shore Stiffens Against Growth
Outsiders and Insiders
The Auction
Afterword
About the Author

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