Columbia is a census-designated place and planned city located in Howard County, Maryland. It began with the idea that a city could enhance its residents' quality of life. Creator and developer James W. Rouse saw the new community in terms of human values, not just in terms of economics and engineering. Opened in 1967, Columbia was designed to not only eliminate the inconveniences of then-current subdivision design, but also eliminate racial, religious, and income segregation.
Today, Columbia has a population of about 90,000, and is largely built-out. By the early 2000s, the town had inexorably acquired many of the characteristics of other contemporary U.S. suburbs, such as increasingly large private homes standing somewhat aloof on large parcels, and "big-box" retail stores accessible mostly by automobile. However, Rouse's ethos remains a strong influence upon the physical and political development of Columbia.
Web Sites and Links
Columbia, MarylandOfficial website, includes information about the history, neighborhoods, schools, shopping, recreation amenities and life.
Columbia, MDInformation about Columbia including history.
The Inn at Peralynna ManorLuxury hotel. Information about the facility, rates and online reservations.