A great thing happened in Howard County Thursday evening. The continuous drumbeat of relentless, passionate support for the Inner Arbor became a thunderous percussion of the values that bind our community. This percussion resonated across generations and walks of life, and turned into an unstoppable wave that washed clear the forces of darkness and allowed for only the light to exist. And when it was said and done, the Inner Arbor plan passed the Planning Board unanimously, five to zero. Now, it's time to build the thing.
I am proud to have worked for many months with a diverse group of active, thoughtful community leaders on driving Columbia forward. Thursday evening, we were joined by leaders of the business, political, nonprofit, and economic development communities in standing for a brighter future for all Columbia. A signature Central Park that represents a new generation of pioneers in Columbia. The ultimate fulfillment of Jim Rouse's vision. He has to be looking down at his creation, and know it is good.
The creation of A Park For A Lifetime.
But now the work really begins. Now comes the time to raise money and establish stronger support for this project. And to plan for the future phases of this project. But what great promise! Because now, the debate is finally over. Now we can join together and all move forward, to build a park that will be Howard County's shining jewel.
I look forward to continuing to build Columbia's and Howard County's bright future.
Let's be careful out there.