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Recommendations represent expert thinking on housing [Commentary]

Recommendations represent expert thinking on housing [Commentary]

With Columbia's 50th birthday less than a year away, it is fitting that the Downtown Columbia Plan for the city's "revitalization" is gaining momentum.

This was evidenced by Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman's submission last week of legislation for affordable housing and financing for public infrastructure to support the implementation of the plan. Mr. Kittleman's proposal will help further the wish of founder James Rouse that Columbia be a "real city."

Much has been accomplished in downtown – the thoughtful metamorphosis of the Rouse Co. headquarters into its new uses as Whole Foods Market and The Haven spa; the opening of The Metropolitan;...

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