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Weeks of Columbia events planned in honor of Rouse
Weeks of Columbia events planned in honor of Rouse

How do you celebrate the 100th birthday of a man who never relished a lot of fuss, and who preferred to save his cake-cutting skills for parties that honored the city he created and loved? That's the question a cast of Columbia pioneers, business associates, artists and county politicians has been working to answer as they prepare to take part in a months-long series of events paying tribute to Columbia founder James W. Rouse, who would have marked his 100th birthday April 26. Rouse, the developer who dedicated his life to urban planning and affordable housing, died at age 81 on April 9, 1996, at his Town Center home overlooking Wilde Lake. Despite his national fame as a master...

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