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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Celebrating 50 years of Columbia tonight

  From the Columbia Archives:

"Columbia’s 50th birthday isn’t until June 2017, but the history of Columbia actually began in 1962 with the purchase of farmland, the first plots of what would soon become James Rouse’s planned community. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of that November 1962 purchase, Columbia Archiveswill be chronicling that story with a new series of exhibits and programs.
“Creating Columbia — The Idea and The Gamble” will be introduced at an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Archives, located at 10227 Wincopin Circle in Downtown Columbia. Photographs, maps, news coverage and correspondence from the time period of 1962 to 1963 trace the progression of Rouse’s thought process, analysis of the Baltimore-Washington area, his first forays into town planning and the first land purchases.
The open house is free and open to the public. The exhibit will continue until June 2013 and is open during regular hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  Registration is encouraged but not required.  Sign up at"


 Poverty in America.  The topic of income inequality and the shrinking middle class has been written about mostly in the liberal press.  The days of the "War on Poverty" and books like the one Michael Harrington wrote  on poverty seem to be from another age.  Recently I have read a couple of newspaper articles that highlight some of the issues relating to this topic.  The first is an article by Nicholas Kristoff in the New York Times on how the SSI program seems to be perpetuating poverty rather than helping people move out of poverty.  The second is an article in the Washington Post on the challenges of a teenager moving into the middle class in a town in Pennsylvania.  Both articles provide some depth to the issue of poverty in our Country today and I recommend taking a little time to read each article.

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