High Society: The Building Height Limitation on Baltimore's Mt. Vernon Place
The "Anti Skyscraper" Law of 1904 is often described as Maryland's first zoning law and one of the first zoning laws in the United States. But there is more. Behind this dusty statute is a story of speculation, selfishness, collusion and changing social values, which takes a century and a half to unfold and which has something to say about the role of government in regulating the use of land.
79 Maryland Historical Society 197 (1984).