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Monday, October 23, 2006

Coalition for Columbia's Downtown

The Coalition for Columbia’s Downtown has put the executive summary of their positions on downtown redevelopment on their website. You can find it here. Let me know what you think.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


No Link


9:39 AM  
Blogger B. Santos said...


Three quick thoughts.

1) The site ( looks an awful lot like Liz Bobo's downtown website ( Is that on purpose?

2) It seems that some of the stated goals contradict one another (low density and mass transit, less housing but more affordable housing, etc) is there any thought to reconciling these statements?

3) There is a persistant mention of $1 billion dollars in revenue. Is this based on any hard facts or just an estimation?

10:30 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

Sorry about the link. It is now fixed.

Bill, to answer your questions:

1) Months ago when lizbobocolumbiadowntown was creates a guy buy the name of Alan Klein who cared deeply about what was going on in downtown volunteered to create the site for her. Alan has since gone on to be a guest blogger on this blog and more recently start this new group. Since he designed both sites that is why they look alike. (P.S. The picture of the lake from Hug Statue Park is a picture I took and have used on this blog and I also gave it to Alan to use for this new group.)

2)I am not sure if I agree completely on these being absolute contradictions. Density in some parts of Howard County where I have proposed mass transit is already equal to the density around some metro stops in DC. The plan calls for adding density downtown. The proposed road system we are told by the transit consultant will not be able to handle this density and thus requiring mass transit. I have asked DPZ to model out my metro proposal to see how it relieves downtown congestion problems caused by the current downtown redevelopme plan, but they have told me they will not do that. As for the housing I think any housing must reflect the county household income mix. Personally I am openminded to see a plan that will work regardless of housing number, but the county has yet to present one.

3) I believe this number comes from a newspaper report that quoted either Rouse or GGP (I am not sure the date of the report) when they were highlighting their business's potential earnings. I will ask around to see if I can find the quote in question. I have heard it repeatedly mentioned throughout the downtown redevelopment process. Have you heard another number?

1:59 AM  

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