Howard Magazine - Page 10 - Welcome (2)

Howard Magazine
- Page 10
Welcome (2)

engineering, to Savage Mill.

 

In the 19th century, the county became a haven for wealthy Baltimore and Washington residents who built summer homes, searching for relief in the fresh country air.

 

The new city and beyond

 

Until the 1950s, the county didn’t change much from its established agrarian lifestyle. It was then that suburban development— restaurants, motels and shops— began to appear along main arteries, attracting more residents.

 

In 1965, the county accepted the ambitious plans of developer James W. Rouse to buy 14,000 acres and build a planned city of 110,000 people. Rouse’s vision included the values of racial, religious and economic diversity and harmony, as well as a convenient and aesthetically pleasing place to live and work.

 

His plan included 10 villages, each with its own shopping area, recreation sites and school. Business parks would fringe the city, and a commercial downtown area would center on an indoor shopping mall and lakefront entertainment center.

 

Today, Columbia boasts hundreds of eateries, along with lakefront festivals and Merriweather Post Pavilion, a nationally known amphitheater that draws about 250,000 people to concerts each year. The Columbia Association, the city’s quasi-governmental organization, runs a network of pools, gyms, recreation sites and more.

 

The city’s core is being redeveloped as part of a 30-year master plan approved in 2010 to add up to 5,500 new homes and 6 million square feet of office and retail space, along with new cultural amenities.

 

In recent years, The Mall in Columbia expanded its shopping and dining options and opened a new wing of shops and restaurants with outdoor entrances. Merriweather Post Pavilion at Symphony Woods is in the midst of a $55 million renovation, and the new Chrysalis Amphitheater has become a summer destination.

 

As Columbia has grown and developed, so have the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Elkridge, Clarksville, Highland, Fulton, North Laurel, Savage and western Howard County.

 

Howard’s population has grown almost 12 percent since 2010. The thriving atmosphere for housing, jobs, places of worship, schools, parks, shopping centers and recreational areas makes Howard County a valued place to live and work.