An anonymous commenter on my last post wondered what was up with the giant pink pump in the parking of Town Center yesterday. That was Maggie Browns shoe.
Maggie Brown is the outgoing president of the Columbia Association. Last night she was honored with a private reception in the Spear Center in the General Growth Properties building followed by a public celebration featuring Deanna Bogart at the lakefront. It was a picture perfect spring evening in Columbia.
The reception in the Spear Center was very well attended and GGP’s big news of the day was a hot topic. Gregg Hamm was characteristically upbeat and reiterated that the Columbia properties were largely unaffected by the filing.
I also spoke with Michael Cornell, the Columbia Council representative from the Village of River Hill. Originally Michael had planned to step down when his term was up this year but he has since changed his mind. He told me that he tries to hold the radical middle in Columbia politics. I thought that was a great description.I also spoke some with Lloyd Knowles. He quipped that he wanted to name what he referred to as a “highway” slicing through Symphony Woods “Dennis Lane.” I had to admit that was funny. I told him I would happily pour the first yard of asphalt if afforded that honor.
All in all it was nice send off to lady who has been a part of the Columbia scene for as long as there has been a Columbia scene.