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Planned cities have gone out of style, but Columbia still influences urban design

Planned cities have gone out of style, but Columbia still influences urban design

When developer James W. Rouse laid out his grand design for Columbia, planned cities were all the rage.

It was the mid-1960s, and suburban sprawl was engulfing the country. Some predictions held that the U.S. population would double by the year 2000, and a plan like Rouse’s promised an orderly, predictable antidote to a rush of development.

But things don’t always turn out as we’d planned. Though the town hailed as “the Next America” at its founding didn’t quite hold to Rouse’s original vision, experts say it has hung together remarkably well. Even as urban design has evolved, Rouse’s ideals are far from obsolete, and his work has paved the way for a new generation of...

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