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Columbia marks 50 years since Rouse began buying land for town
Columbia marks 50 years since Rouse began buying land for town

In terms of its size and composition, Harper's Choice isn't all that different from other villages in Columbia. What sets it apart from other places in town is its location: The Village of Harper's Choice was built on the first tract purchased to make up the land that eventually became Howard County's biggest city. That assemblage is now marking a key milestone: 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the year Maryland developer James W. Rouse secretly began buying up properties. Although Columbia officially marks its beginning as June 21, 1967, the day Wilde Lake was dedicated and opened to the public, years of behind-the-scenes planning led up to that event. Historians say...

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