Those who want to witness the benefits of underground electrical lines on a dedicated power grid need only drive down Route 29 into Howard County and pull off into Columbia. James Rouse, the visionary planner of Columbia, set out to design a modern city, which anticipated over 100,000 residents. In doing so, all aspects of city life were taken into consideration. At the top of his list must have been buried utilities.
Thank God for his insight. Today, Columbia is for most the part (although some neighborhoods share an above-ground grid) free of the painful outages that the Western part of the county experiences. Snow storms, hurricanes and heat waves are only a minor inconvenience to daily living. I have lived in Columbia for over 30 years and cannot remember the last time I lost power.
Robert M. McDonough, ColumbiaCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun