Food for Thought

With Columbia’s birthday (June 21) around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to re-visit some of the founding principles of our community by going straight to the source!  So here they are, in his own words:

JIM ROUSE’S FOUR GOALS FOR COLUMBIA

“To provide a real City – not just a better suburb, but a comprehensively balanced community… It was our goal to produce as many jobs as there were workers here…we wanted people of all income levels.  We wanted to be very open, racially-to provide the full institutional life of cities…

“To respect the land. With sets of overlays we recorded the topography, the stream valleys, the forests, the southeastern slopes, the historic buildings, the special vistas, the quiet tree lined areas.  We allowed the land to impose itself as a discipline on the form of the Community…

“To provide the best environment for the growth of people. It would seem elementary that cities should be planned for people… We want to allow these overlays, these insights about people, to influence the physical plan and the institutions we should seek to stimulate in the community just as we allow the plan to be influenced by the land itself…

“Our fourth goal was profit. This was no residual goal, not something just hoped for.  It was our primary objective…”

It’s exciting to see these goals coming alive again in the “re-generation” of Columbia’s Downtown.  Yay, Columbia!

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