By Len Lazarick

Jim Rouse secretly obtained 14,000 acres of farmland in segregated Howard County, Maryland, in 1964. He promised to remodel the land right into a urban of 100,000 that was once "economically varied, poly-cultural, multi-faith and interracial." Veteran journalist Len Lazarick tells the attention-grabbing tale of the way this new city of Columbia grew and prospered during the last half-century, with many successes and some mess ups. In 2016, funds journal referred to as it the "best small urban to reside in America."

Columbia provided new types for plenty of elements of existence. there have been interfaith non secular facilities, leading edge colleges that turned the superior within the nation, greater health and wellbeing care suggestions, open house greenery close to each door step, inventive information media, proliferating arts corporations, health and sport amenities for each curiosity, and new suggestions in purchasing facilities. Lazarick seems in any respect the most important points of the deliberate neighborhood and the major avid gamers that made them paintings, weaving the tale of him and his relatives during the tale.

Columbia has helped remodel a rural county among Baltimore and Washington into one of many richest and top trained locations within the usa. This easy-to-read sequence of essays tells how that happened.

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