The Next America Revisited

This article discusses Columbia, Maryland, a planned community founded in 1967. Called "The Next America," Columbia was designed to be a private sector implementation of the Great Society's ideals. The author discusses the planning goals and actual achievements over the third of a century that the city has existed. The physical plan and social plan are discussed in turn, and their reinforcing aspects are considered. The author covers issues of community and identity, racial integration, education, religion, transportation, shopping, work, and parks. The author concludes that Columbia, while far from perfect, is much better than the new urbanist enclaves of exclusivity. The Columbia plan does not impose the architecture of previous periods, designed for different technologies and bound by different economics, on modern residents.


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  • Accession Number: 01042702
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 23 2007 10:59AM