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Writers LIVE! Charlie Duff, The North Atlantic Cities

Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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From Amsterdam in 1600 to London and Washington today, the people who live beside the North Atlantic Ocean have built cities with row houses. But why? Why do London and Washington have row houses while Paris and Minneapolis do not?  With this question, Charles Duff began his exploration of the world’s row house cities.


The result is a new book, The North Atlantic Cities.   It takes readers on a journey that begins in Holland in the 1600s and ends in the US, the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands in the present.  Through Duff’s lively prose and 180+ pictures, we watch as the North Atlantic cities grow, become beautiful, and invent many of the things we take for granted today: parks, mass transit, downtowns, even suburbia.  These are great stories, well told and well illustrated.


Registration encouraged through EventBrite. Click here to register, tickets available 9am on October 1.


Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund. 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 229178

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User Activity

Wonderful presentation! As life long Baltimoreans, we thought every city had row homes! Looking at how people live from a more worldly view was really informative. We learned a lot and enjoyed every moment. Thanks.

Charlie Duff’s presentation on The North Atlantic Cities was wonderful. He is an engaged and engaging speaker, relaxed yet completely professional. The program was superbly organized, beautifully illustrated, informative and fascinating, teaching us about row house cities in the U.S. and abroad, and always coming “home” to Baltimore. He is brilliant at interweaving life with architecture. We loved this program! (And the book.)

I was very pleased with the presentation. This is the second time I have heard Mr. Duff speak and he provides such interesting information. I am looking forward to reading his book.

Charlie Duff was terrific!!!