New Town Columbia – An Update

Brian England presented this speech at the May 13, 2015 HCCA Annual Meeting.   Over the last two years JD Smith and I have been working on understanding the New Town Zoning process. We have reviewed enough documents to fill several tables! We have listened to many...

New Town Columbia – Our Planned Community is Now At Risk

Do you recognize this photo?  It’s not Columbia, but it may well be 5 years from now, that is if we continue along our same trajectory. You may have heard the term “at risk”.  It means exposed to harm or danger. Well, that’s just what’s happening to Columbia right...

The Trend Back to Small & Local: When Bigger Isn’t Better

This post was contributed by Brian England.  For the past 35 years, he has owned and operated British American Auto Care in Columbia, MD. Forty years ago, when we moved to Columbia, we lived in Oakland Mills. Our village center was compact, but it had everything we...