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Friday, May 28, 2021
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Playground for All opens in Blandair Park
According to the Columbia Patch:
"County officials unveiled Blandair Regional Park's third phase Friday morning, which includes a state-of-the-art "play-for-all" playground consisting of six unique areas and is designed to encourage children of all ability levels to play together while accommodating cognitive, communicative, social/emotional and sensory development disabilities.
......amenities include synthetic bocce ball and croquet courts, two horseshoe pits, another pavilion, restrooms, storage for sports equipment, a pedestrian pathway, 142 parking spaces, bio-retention areas, inlaid checkerboards, ping-pong tables and a Park Maintenance Center with offices.
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Is the Merriweather District the "new" Lakefront?
We have all seen the shift of activity in Baltimore from the Harborplace area of Downtown Baltimore to Harbor East. As one area dies another replaces it. This change seems to be occurring in Columbia with the closing of Clydes and other restaurants at the Lakefront. This is occurring at the same time that restaurants and other activity spaces are opening up in the Merriweather District. As we come out of the pandemic it will be interesting to see how each of these areas grows or declines.
If new restaurants at the Lakefront don't return to this area what would replace the space? Just as the controversy presently occurring in Hickory Ridge with housing being introduced at the Village Center, I wonder if more condos and apartments might replace some of the commercial space that has existed at the Lakefront in the past. Having a view of Lake Kittamaqundi from a condo seems to be more attractive than a view of the Mall parking lots that exist with many of the housing units currently existing near the Mall. The new form of commercial space seems to include a housing component above the first floor.
We are still years away from a transformation of the Mall into its next iteration but that area will also see an inevitable decline as the 1970s enclosed mall concept runs its course. My prediction is that the Mall area will eventually change from its present enclosed mall to a more parklike setting with small-scale commercial establishments spread throughout. Think of something like Tavern on the Green in Central Park.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Monday, May 17, 2021
Howard County leads the state in getting our residents vaccinated
So 62% of residents of Howard County 16+ fully vaccinated and 77% have at least one shot we lead the state of Maryland in getting our residents vaccinated. We have a shot at getting to the 70% level with fully vaccinated by July 4th, especially now that kids as young as 12 can get vaccinated. Being a liberal community that recognizes a social responsibility to others in our community again works to our benefit. Our situation is contrasted with rural, conservative areas of our state like Somerset and Cecil that have the lowest rate of residents fully vaccinated. Trumpism and a lack of social responsibility continue to put people at risk of illness and death. Can you imagine where this country would be today with Trump still as our President and his attitude of "everyone is on your own" philosophy?
Once again we have Jim Rouse to thank for creating the great community that we have. We would not be where we are without the qualities that attracted socially responsible liberals to our County.
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
Here is one Republican who couldn't get nominated today
"If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power."
"To remain secure and prosperous themselves, wealthy nations must extend the kind of cooperation to the less fortunate members that will inspire hope, confidence, and progress. A rich nation can for a time, without noticeable damage to itself, pursue a course of self-indulgence, making its single goal the material ease and comfort of its own citizens-thus repudiating its own spiritual and material stake in a peaceful and prosperous society of nations. But the enmities it will incur, the isolation into which it will descend, and the internal moral and physical softness that will be engendered, will, in the long term, bring it to disaster."