The videos prepared by General Growth Properties in support of their proposed redevelopment of Columbia Town Center were the real highlight of the presentation to the county council Tuesday night. The line up of Cornell professor Ann Forsyth, Regional economic guru Anirban Basu and Roger Lewis, architectural columnist for The Washington Post, was exceptional both for the depth of their collective expertise and their ability to articulate their views. After the first video the audience returned a polite applause. This type of public demonstration of approval in a county council meeting is rare.
Anyway, this is the last of the videos I’ll post here. There are three others in addition to this and they are all available on HoCoMoJo here. They are all good. They are all worth watching.
Actually, these videos were all produced by Columbia based Pixel Workshop videographer Dave Bitner. Dave also produced this video of Councilperson Mary Kay Sigaty explaining the challenges and opportunities for Columbia’s village centers. Nicely done and wag of the wordbones tail to Pixel Workshop and HoCoMoJo.
I particularly like this video because it looks at Columbia from a very regional perspective. When Anirban says “Oh yeah I remember Columbia, that’s where we used to go for Christmas,” it struck to the heart of my own concerns about my hometown.
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