Shaping The City: A New Vision For Columbia, Md.

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An artist's rendering of plans for a revitalized downtown Columbia, Md.

Image courtesy Downtown Columbia

Shaping The City: A New Vision For Columbia, Md.

Nearly 50 years after the founding of this integrated, planned community, Columbia, Md., has a new vision: high-rise buildings and a walkable, urban center. We explore what the changes will mean for Columbia’s unique character.

When James Rouse designed Columbia, Md., in the late 1960s, his groundbreaking plan envisioned an integrated community with open-plan schools, a central mall and interfaith worship centers. Nearly 50 years later, suburban-style planning is out of favor, and the growing city has a new vision: high-rise buildings and a walkable, urban center. We explore the hopes -- and fears -- of residents about what the changes will mean for Columbia’s unique character.

Guests

Roger Lewis

Architect; Columnist, "Shaping the City," Washington Post; and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park

Alan Klein

Spokesperson, Coalition for Columbia’s Downtown

Phillips Engelke

Designer and branding consultant; Principal, Amazing Space; Chair of the Howard County Design Advisory Panel

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