Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sight see: Columbia, MD

August 3rd, 2010

Now-a-days, open spaces, tot-lot play areas, neighborhood public pools, and bike paths may not seem all that uncommon. However, circa 1970, when James Rouse started building the city of Columbia Maryland, these things were quite uncommon in residential areas. And, while the style of these houses may no longer seem uncommon either, the modern era house was relatively uncommon back in those days too. As a testament to the modern vision of Rouse, originally the town of Columbia was reportedly slated to have a monorail transportation system. As another testament to his vision, the common-place imitation of the Columbia style of development is now widespread throughout the nation. This is the town where I grew-up, for the most part.

Adam Trotter / AVT