For some residents of
this was the embodiment of the Jim Rouse vision.
Only it wasn't.
In the late sixties,
was still a small town with a population of less than 10,000. A forlorn silo
stood where The Mall is today.
It didn't last long. The true Rouse vision was to build a city ten times that size. By the beginning of the seventies residents of the
new city began to get new
places to gather. Oakland Mills village center came online in 1969 and Harper's Choice got
their own village center in 1971. was no longer something unique, it was simply one of three. Wilde
The biggest change for
though came in 1972 when that lonely silo was replaced with a regional mall. The
bookstore and clothing store moved out of Wilde Lake
and into The Mall. The slow decline of the centers fortunes had begun. By the
mid seventies memories of those early year holiday open house nights had
already begun to fade. Wilde Lake
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