David Week 6

Project proposal

Project:  The Changing Landscape of Delaware

David Herbawi

The objective of this project is to identify how the environment of the city of Delaware has changed over the years.  To be more exact, I want to how particular areas in the city have been impacted by human development, or the lack of it.  I’m hoping to find examples of areas having all the flora cleared out for new construction, or perhaps see an abandoned building being slowly reclaimed by nature over time.  The first part of my project would be to go around collecting old images of the city of Delaware.  Preferably I would be able to find multiple pictures of each area I choose to study from various time periods.  I plan on acquiring these pictures mostly from the OWU library and Delaware County Historical Society, but also from the internet and maybe even some from local antique shops.   Once I have acquired all the pictures I need I will personally visit each area that I chose to study in order to compare their current state to that of the old photos.  I will document each place I visit by taking notes and by taking pictures of my own, taking some from the same angle as the original photos whenever I’m able to.


  • Collect portfolio of old photos first.  I’m getting the old pictures first because it would suck if I documented a really interesting part of Delaware to only find out later that there are not enough old photos to properly study how it has changed over the years.  I will probably collect a lot more photos than I will actually be using,  which will allow me to be more choosy with the places I want to study.
    • First place I will search will be the OWU Library, where I will ask for copies of the old photos they have.
    • The next place I will search will be the Delaware County Historical Society.  They have thousands of pictures available on their website.
    • I will also browse local stores and antique shops for photos and postcards.
  • Go out and take pictures and notes of the places I’m studying myself.  I will bring a pen and notebook with me to write down what I see, and my phone to take pictures.  This part should be pretty enjoyable if the whether is decent on the days I do it.
  • Bring all my work together into a slideshow presentation.



  • OWU LIbrary
    • Probably the first place I will look, especially for photos of campus.
  • Delaware County Historical Society http://www.delawareohiohistory.org/
    • The second place I will search, and also where I’m likely to get the majority of my photos.
  • Local Shops
    • To be honest, I probably don’t even need to search these places since my first two sources will provide so much of what I need, but I feel like it will be a nice addition to the project and help immerse me in it.
  • My personal photos
    • I’m going to use my iphone camera.

(I know this is way less than 10 sources, but I honestly couldn’t think of anything else my project could use.)

Reading Response

I Think I enjoyed reading the second half of Coates’ Nature more than I did the first half.  Perhaps this is because I was more adjusted to his writing style this time.  If I had to summarize every single point made in his book into one concise argument, it would be that you should never disregard the the authority people lend to the laws of nature.  The natural world is what romanticists think of when they here the word nature.  They think of trees, rivers, mountains, bushes, and animals all living an a harmonious ecosystem that is inherently good.  They believe that nature has a certain natural order that should be respected by humans.  Romanticists view places that haven’t yet been subdued by modernization, such as the Swiss Alps, as fragments of the Garden of Eden (130).  When Europeans first encountered Yosemite, they saw it as an example of the perfection of nature, not knowing that Native Americans had actually worked to make the area more bountiful than it was before.  Venerating the laws of nature didn’t always mean venerating the environment or natural world, however.  After the Romanticists came the social Darwinists, who read terms such as natural selection and survival of the fittest, and saw it as evidence of man’s natural position above all plants and animals.  People would also refer to laws of nature to justify their behavior to their fellow humans.  Coates uses examples capitalists arguing that limiting competition is against nature itself, while socialists believed that materialism was warping our view of nature so much that children will grow up wondering what the moon is supposed to advertise (153).





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