It may have been a pie in the sky dream.
Make a city where people could work where they live, walk to the office or the grocery store and share one car per family, as well as fellowship and friendship with neighbors.
Columbia became a city in 1967--a planned community that grew out of the vision of developer James Rouse, who wanted cities to be enriching places for the residents who lived in them.
Barbara Kellner manages the ’s in the city and has worked with Columbia Patch to develop a series on old advertisements and materials about the city.
In many ads that ran in the late 60s, advocates of Columbia referred to it as a "dream city," or the "next America."
“My point is not what could have been, but what can be,” said Kellner. “What ideas were so innovative, but can be looked at today? What’s the next thing?”
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