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Charlie Duff '71 Shares History, Beauty of North Atlantic Cities with Upper School Students

Alumnus Charlie Duff '71, president of the nonprofit developer Jubilee Baltimore, returned to campus on May 1 as a special guest speaker at a book talk sponsored by the Upper School Library Club and the Gilman Arts Council.

Charlie spoke about his life-long interest in architecture and urban development. He provided student guests with a detailed summary of his process for researching and writing his 2021 book, "The North Atlantic Cities." The text explores the world's row house cities — Amsterdam, London, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and more — and ponders how city planners chose these homes as foundational elements. Charlie explained how the major metropolitan areas of the North Atlantic grew over time and how their architectural features became cultural treasures.

In addition to his writing, Charlie spoke with the boys about his passion for Baltimore City. He showcased his knowledge of and appreciation for societal, political, and economic trends, which he has cultivated over his decades of experience as a Baltimore resident and real estate developer. The younger Greyhounds asked excellent questions about the current issues of the day and possible developments on the horizon. Charlie was very gracious with his thoughtful responses, and he enjoyed the experience of connecting with the energized and intellectually curious students.

Special thanks to Christian Hall '24 — who will be completing his Senior Encounter with Duff at Jubilee Baltimore — for organizing this book talk.


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