article in 2002 in Entertainment Magazine,
"Both Walt Disney and Jim Rouse had been inspired by their respective visits to Tivoli, which charges a modest gate fee in exchange for the entertainment value of both its beautiful place and engaging street performances. Within its gates and between the mimes and minstrels were pay for play opportunities such as concerts and a carnival, and more than twenty restaurant tenants. Indeed, Tivoli Gardens was a model of both owned & operated entertainment and tenant/landlord commercial activity."
In a biography of Jim Rouse, Paul Marx wrote that downtown Columbia was supposed to have,
"a 25 acre cultural, educational, entertainment area (our Tivoli Gardens) with restaurants, bandstands, theaters, nightclubs, ice rink, roller rink, boat marina, plus the Columbia Pavilion of Music...."
Of course downtown Columbia always included a mall with Rouse being a mall developer. We got the Columbia Mall but never got the Tivoli Gardens of Columbia. Maybe as the era of the enclosed mall is ending, as we see with the tearing down of the Owings Mills and Laurel Malls, maybe someday a Columbia Tivoli Gardens can rise from the downtown area that now encompasses the Mall.
makingCHANGE and Junior Achievement are co-sponsoring a Youth Finance Day at the Howard Community College on January 28th from 10 am-2 pm. This has become a popular event so register early and take your children to this event to have a fun time learning about finance.