As you probably know, my hometown of Columbia, Maryland is a passion of mine. I grew up here, I am raising my family here and I volunteer my time as the Columbia Council Representative from Kings Contrivance on the CA Board of Directors.
Back in 2008, me and a group of family and friends came together to start Columbia 2.0, which engaged a younger generation in the debate for the future of Downtown Columbia. We had fun hosting events, making videos and getting our growing group involved directly by testifying before the County Council. We like to think we did our part to make sure younger voices
were heard through this blog and later our fb page.
The past few years, we’ve been pretty much inactive because things were happening so fast all around us, and we stopped to enjoy it for a minute. We ate and shopped at Whole Foods. We did yoga at Haven on the Lake. We moved into the Metropolitan, and this year we got to experience a beautifully renovated Merriweather Post Pavillion.
All of these projects have made a such a positive impact Downtown. You can feel it when you’re there. There’s people, there’s movement and there’s an energy that had been missing for a while. Everything seems to be connected, and it’s cool to witness.
But now, with important legislation being debated by the County Council, we felt compelled to re-activate the Columbia 2.0 network. We are going to be more active online and in person to hold our government and the developers accountable to our community vision. After all, that’s how we earned the title of Best Small City on the Planet Earth. Here is a video of some of the people that make it so great!