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September 29, 2013

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Harry Schwarz

Interesting perspective, MMM, that I've not heard before. Allow me to riff on that. There is little doubt that downtown revitalization will make downtown more and more a regional attraction, benefiting the entire city. Similarly, the health of our villages depends on its village amenities, enabling the village to attract people that want to live there and locals to its amenities.

It seems to me that Oakland Mills is struggling precisely because it is an inner village whose amenities have difficulty drawing permanent residents or occasional visitors. While Blandair is destined to be a regional attraction, once it is fully developed, most visitors will enter and exit the Park off of a new interchange at MD175 and see nothing of Oakland Mills.

The health of each Village should be of concern to every Columbia resident. Bridge Columbia instantly makes Oakland Mills a more desirable place to live and visit, strengthening its economic vitality. I would think that's something we all would want to support.

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