Columbia Association's website states that its mission is to "(work) everyday in hundreds of ways to make Columbia an even better place to live, work and play." To that end, they created what the website calls "income qualified rates" so that lower income Columbia residents could afford membership. This option is not available at Haven on the Lake.
While Lawson says the serendipitous dominoes surrounding the Columbia church's garden's creation are numerous, it is epitomized by the garden's centerpiece: a four-foot bronze statue of Libby Rouse ¿ the first wife of Columbia founder James Rouse and a church charter member.
If the past is any indication, interest in the annual Columbia Village Elections on Saturday will be scant. In the community with a population of more than 100,000, turnout is consistently under 10 percent of eligible voters. By comparison, Howard County saw a voter turnout of nearly 20 percent in the 2012 primary and nearly 82 percent in the general election.
An art exhibit designed to lift your spirits, "Visions of Hope" is true to its name at the Columbia Art Center. The group show was put together by Blossoms of Hope, Howard County Tourism and Promotion, and the Columbia Archives.
Those supporting Columbia Association Directors' secret giveaway of a hunk of Symphony Woods for a private group's folly disregard the intent of the visionary they invoke. Last week, a former board member claimed here that James Rouse would love what looms ahead for the tract.
In the early years of Columbia, William Cochran often rode his bike from his family's home in Clarksville to explore the new city, where the fountain in man-made Wilde Lake and other examples of public art made an indelible impression.
Doris Ligon may be Baltimore born and bred, but she can't seem to get her mind off Africa. "I was in my 30s before I heard anything positive about Africa," recalls Ligon, 77, who, along with her late husband, Claude, opened the African Art Museum of Maryland in Columbia in 1980. Since 2011, the museum has held forth closer to Laurel, in cozy space in Maple Lawn, just off the lobby of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church
I was unable to attend the December meeting of the Roland Park Civic League and missed a presentation by New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisitions Corporation. These owners of the Cross Keys Shopping Center came to present plans for proposed renovations there.
As I stood in The Mall in Columbia parking lot throughout the day and night Saturday, I received a few questions on Twitter about why I, a sports reporter who covers the Orioles for The Baltimore Sun, was there reporting on the shooting.
The document, which was approved by the Board on Jan. 9, lists a mission statement, five values and five goals for the organization. The two-page document is a departure from CA's previous strategic plan, which was 44-pages long. According to CA Board Chair Andy Stack, the plan will serve as a guiding document for the organization for the next five years.
Charles Edwin Lamb, an architect of forward-looking, modernist structures and a founder of the RTKL firm, died of complications of Parkinson's disease Dec. 12 at the Heron Point Retirement Community in Chestertown. He was 87 and had lived in Baltimore and Annapolis.
Cambridge officials say they are moving forward with a plan to put some wow into the city's waterfront. They are pushing a $50 million mixed residential and commercial development that they hope will boost the city's long-struggling economy.
The village center concept is as much a part of Columbia's heritage as the downtown lakefront, walkable paths and community pools. The original James Rouse idea was to give residents a local place to shop, perhaps in walking distance of their homes, where they could get some groceries, have a meal or buy some basics along with their neighbors.
The people whom the county is targeting already live in the Verona. They are the working people in Columbia, people with jobs, with dreams, with aspirations, to live in a great community with good schools, and the county's purchase of the complex will not increase their population, but prevent them from being displaced.
James W. Rouse had a big idea that he announced on Oct. 30, 1963: a community in Howard County built on more than 14,000 acres, about a tenth of the county's entire land, a swath nearly the size of Manhattan.
Ian Kennedy's short walk to lunch from his office in Columbia's Town Center takes him through shopping mall parking lots and a parking garage, or along a sidewalk where lampposts block the way. It's enough to make him feel he's in an "alien environment. ... A man on the moon, there are times you feel that way. Almost like you're trespassing."
Rev. Arthur Eugene Jones, a former pastor of the Jones Tabernacle Baptist Church who also ran the Maryland Baptist Aged Home, died of pneumonia Oct. 21 at Northwest Hospital Center. The Owings Mills resident was 88.
Comparing Columbia with other local and non-local population centers that are often used as bench marks for "artistic enabled communities" — and using simple arithmetic to see what Columbia's population would have to be for the same density of people to share in supporting the arts — these are some numbers for consideration compared to Columbia's current population of almost 100,000: