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Floods and Flooding

Panel: New forward-looking future needed to reimagine old Ellicott City

Panel: New forward-looking future needed to reimagine old Ellicott City

Major flooding last year in Ellicott City should push the county and residents to chart a new future for the old town, a panel of researchers with the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization, urged Thursday night.

Old Ellicott City's charm lies in its 244-year-old history, beset with small, quaint shops and narrow sidewalks that snake up and down the low-lying district that was originally designed as a river town in the 1700s.

But the old town is "a deadly gift" waiting for reimagining, said Brad Rogers, principal at Advanced Placemaking, an organization that works on community-based economic development.

"None of us asked for...

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