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August 16, 2014


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While I agree that more restaurants are needed, I found the list of desired storefronts to be overly reliant on athletic wear. East Columbia has a plethora of dining choices, and the village centers do need that draw. Hopefully they'll stay away from too many big chains and bring in more small businesses.

Harry Schwarz

Opportunity for a rich conversation. Will all this food contribute to the further obesification of America? But then we're creating a walkable/bikeable Columbia, with an aquatics center in the new downtown, ball fields galore, and of course the CA facilities. It's not surprising that we need athletic wear stores.

I love that Columbia is grounded in traditional wellness, with the many acupuncture practices, and now the Haven. I think it was suggested that Hickory Ridge should have a yoga center. And I can imagine a grocery store becoming an art theater like the Charles.

I agree that there are opportunities for sensible development that could support a growth of 20-25,000. It suggests to me the need for a comprehensive plan for all of Columbia. We've got too many separate plans being developed with no coordination among them. Of course, population growth improves the prospects for public transportation, and I believe we could effectively decrease the use of automobiles.

Julia McCready

Better public transportation is key. Where do people shop who don't have cars if village center groceries are no more? And what about ease of public transportation via Bridge Columbia, which would significant change the relationship of Oakland Mills to the surrounding areas?

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