Thursday, April 28, 2011

photo: Oakland Manor After Scary Weather

Taken earlier this evening, just down the street from me.



My photo is from my August 2008 visit to the Hudson River Valley. There are many grand estates up and down the valley, and I know I haven't seen all of them, but for me the grandest is painter Frederic Edwin Church's Olana. I'm making plans to see opera at nearby Bard College this August, so I'll visit Olana again while I'm there.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

June 1 speaker for walkable urbanism in Columbia

hocoblogs@@@ ... A quick post -- I'll fix links later. This is from the Town Center e-mail list:

21st Century Development Trends – How will Columbia Measure Up?
·        Hear Chris Leinberger – noted land use strategist, teacher, developer, researcher and author – speak about pent up demand for communities that embody “walkable urbanism”
·        Learn how walkable urbanism and other real estate trends will impact downtown revitalization and other development patterns.
When: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 7 PM coffee/dessert/registration 7:30 program
Where: The Spear Center – The Howard Hughes Corporation Bldg., 10275 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia 21044
Registration: Registration is appreciated but not required. To register, go to: or copy/type this URL into your browser. For more information, please call 410-992-1451.
This presentation is the third in CA’s Community Building Speakers Series. This event is brought to you through a partnership of Columbia Association and The Howard Hughes Corporation.
Mr. Leinberger is a:
·       Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC.,
·       Professor and founding Director of the Graduate Real Estate Development Program at the University of Michigan,
·       Founding Partner of Arcadia Land Company, a New Urbanism/transit-oriented development and consulting firm, and
·       President of Locus; Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors
His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream, published in 2008 by Island Press. He is also the author of Strategic Planning for Real Estate Companies. He has written for numerous publications, such as The Atlantic Monthly and Urban Land magazine. He has been profiled by CNN, National Public Radio, Infrastructurist, and Washington Post among other broadcast, web and print media.
Leinberger was voted one of the “Top 100 Urban Thinkers” in a  poll conducted by Planetizen, the international urban planning and architecture website, in 2009. He was the William H. Whyte Award winner by Partners for Livable Communities in 2010.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kittamaqundi Plans? ~~ Lake Links

In answer to the comment on my last post: I wondered whether a footbridge connecting the peninsulas is in the plans, too. I have not seen any confirmation of it yet, though. When the controversy about upgrading Columbia Town Center began and people started citing original plans, some of the information pointed out that those plans included a footbridge crossing the lake to the island (which is now part of one of those peninsulas). (I had a private joke that if such a bridge materialized, somebody would build a high-rise condominium on that tiny island.)

A bridge seems to make sense, but I can't tell yet how much of the new landscaping around the lake is intended for people or for wildlife habitat, which is also part of the current lake upgrading plans. Also, regarding a complete path around the lake, there's the unpaved portion around the northern end which is possibly going to be paved....? If there was any public discussion to confirm these plans, I'm afraid I missed it.

Did you know that the tiny island now subsumed by the peninsula construction had a name? "Nomanizan Island."

Links: Here is a soon-to-be historical web page about our Lake and its island before the current project. And here is the Howard County Bird Club's page about the Lake and its wildlife.


photo: Lake Kittamaqundi status

Taken last Sunday, late morning. Photos from my new camera are taking a long time to upload, thanks to my current settings. I'll work on that. Here is one shot from a stroll along the Lake showing some boaters near the new peninsulas. The far peninsula used to be the little island.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hudson River from the Catskills

In summer 2008, I spent a wonderful couple of weeks exploring the Finger Lakes and the upper Hudson River Valley in New York State and took in the Catskills on the way home. The photo was taken from the site of the old Catskills Mountain House. My main objective was Bard Summerscape at Bard College, where I saw Karol Szymanowski's ballet, "Harnasie", and opera, "Krol Roger" ("King Roger").