Columbia is a planned community that consists of ten self-contained villages, located in Howard County, Maryland, United States. It began with the idea that a city could enhance its residents' quality of life. Opened in 1967, Columbia was designed to not only eliminate the inconveniences of then-current subdivision design, but also eliminate racial, religious, and income segregation. Today, Columbia has a population of about 97,200 and is the most populous census-designated place in Maryland.
Jim Rouse conceived of a city, not a suburban bedroom community, and a large area on the eastern edge was allocated for industrial purposes. The centerpiece of this aspect of the development was a General Electric appliance plant on a 1,125-acre site. This plant began operations in 1972 and was closed in 1990, with all but 21 acres of the property being sold back to HRD. After toxic waste remediation, one section was redeveloped for big box retail; the remainder became the large Gateway Commerce office complex, still being expanded. There is still a smaller industrial area to the south of this, but by and large East Columbia is dominated by commercial real estate: office, retail, and wholesale. This is somewhat in contrast to the original plan, which saw the Town Center area as the commercial center of Columbia.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the CDP was $94,966, and the median income for a family was $107,210.
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
Burgeons Beauty Supply - Category: Black Beauty Supply - 94005 Snowden River Pkway Columbia, MD 20735
Extensions by Holly - Category: Black Hair Salon - 9194 Red Branch Rd, Columbia MD 21045 (410) 960-1334
JC Penney Salon - Category: Black Beauty Supply - Columbia Town Ctr - 10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy Columbia, MD 21044
AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
African Art Museum of Maryland - Category: Museum - 5430 Vantage Point Rd # B, Columbia, MD 21044-2642 (410) 730-7106 - (visit website)
Howard County Center of African American Culture - Category: Culture - 5434 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD 21044-2644 (410) 715-1921
BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.
Ascension Books - Category: Black Bookstore - 5490 Cedar Lane, Suite B3 Columbia, Maryland 21044 (301) 596-1669
Fenwick, Forrest & Associates - Category: Realtor - 8815 Centre Park Drive, Suite 110 Columbia, Maryland 21045 (410) 740-1200 ext 1215
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