While much of the county is focused on the future of Columbia's Town Center, I think there needs to be a hard look at Ellicott City as well.
I am speaking of the historic district not the great amorphous area that makes up the Ellicott City zip codes.
Historic Ellicott City is a rare gem. It makes sense to preserve and protect it. The best way to achieve that is to make it economically strong.
That is not to say that it isn't doing well. In some cases it is doing quite well and in others it is falling short. The main challenge continues to parking. Without adequate parking it will stagnate.
I know there were once plans to float a bond issue in order to fund a parking garage behind the Post Office but I don't know what ever became of that.
With the addition of a parking garage (or two), perhaps on street parking along Main Street could be eliminated (at least on one side) and the sidewalks widened. This would allow restaurants to offer some outdoor seating and reduce the traffic tie ups that occur when people attempt to maneuver into a Main Street parking space. You have to admit that parallel parking skills vary widely.
Wider sidewalks would also provide an opportunity for street trees and benches. Some older and disabled folks might enjoy an occasional bench to rest on as they navigate the hilly topography of the old town.
Any other thoughts or ideas?
8 hours ago