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Apr 25, 2012

What would you say if I told you that we could live in a perfect world today? Welcome to the remarkable community and homes for sale in Columbia MD. It seems utopian, but there are numerous places across the globe which are founded on the idea of being a community that truly enhances the quality of life for all residents. Founded directly on that very idea, Columbia was developed with and for the most genuine of excellence. Specifically a planned new community, there are many ways that the city has upheld its commitment to greatness over the years, from start to present. As a planned community, of course, the most prominent goal of all was to construct a system of development that provided for optimal housing, commuting, and urban planning. With successful execution, the city has come to be well-known for its beautiful homes for sale in Columbia MD.

In fact, buying one of the homes for sale in Columbia MD will place you as a resident in one of the most highly regarded communities in the US. In 2010, Columbia and neighboring city, Ellicott City, were ranked together by Money magazine as number 2 on their list of 100 “Best Places to Live”. To fully understand just how awesome the city is, we must back things back up a few steps and take a look at the roots of this unique community.

The city’s history dates back to the 1960s, when The Rouse Company—founded by James Rouse, grandfather of actor Edward Norton—had purchased a staggering 10 percent of Howard County, Maryland. As the state is small in size, that amounted to just over 14,000 acres of undeveloped land. Fittingly, this community between Baltimore and Washington that Rouse purchased, was done so with plans of demolishing leap-frog development, and instead, for developing a planned new city that would breathe new life into the state unlike any other. The vision didn’t come to life solely by the work of Rouse, but it was through the effort of a full panel of experts in urban planning, as well as a unique panel of experts in social sciences—the Work Group.

The Work Group indeed did do extraordinary work for the city, coming together to divulge the blueprint for innovation for the planners in many sects and community divisions, including education, recreation, religion, and health care. Every idea planned for the city was uniquely great, and as a whole, fulfilled a seamless representation of perfect community.

The best example, though, is the amazing physical plan of the city’s neighborhoods and village centers. The Work Group envisioned a plan that involved ten distinct villages, which each contained their own distinct neighborhoods. The idea behind this concept was to create a small-town feel in each village throughout the community. On a smaller scale, neighborhoods would contain homes for sale in Columbia MD, as well as townhomes, apartments, and the like. On the larger scale, Columbia has four different worship centers where people of a variety of faiths come together, among many, many other facets to that make homes for sale in Columbia MD some of the most desirable.

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Apr 10, 2012

Looking for things to do in Lansing MI? Before getting into all of what is now there to enjoy, excite, and even educate, let us take a step back and have a look at the beginnings of this wonderful town. Lansing was not always as developed as it is today, and in fact, was the last part of the county to be surveyed to be turned into a developed area. Once a thick forest with no roads, it was in 1970 that Hugh Howard made the land’s discovery in 1790, while traveling by canoe down the Grand River. However, it wasn’t later until 1836 that two brothers came and plotted the area which is currently known as REO town, and returned back to their native state of New York to sell the land up. The only problem was that they had actually developed none of the 65 blocks of “Biddle City,” and even worse—when those who had purchased land arrived (about 20 people) they found that the entire town was underwater due to being in a flood plain. Thankfully, though, many people stayed and inhabited the surrounding area and named Lansing after their home town in Lansing, New York. There may have not been very many exciting things to do in Lansing MI at that time, but it has surely grown to be a city full of life and excitement.

So just what are some of these things to do in Lansing MI? There is quite the variety, so no matter what you do have in mind, any one person can find a unique way to enjoy their favorite activities. Despite the wide array of diversity that you can find in Lansing, there are a few facets to the city that stand out above the rest. As Lansing is the capital of the state of Michigan, it is no wonder that the city is a significant hub or center for both education and government. Located in East Lansing, which is directly adjacent to Lansing, Michigan State University is the largest campus—by land—in the entire nation. MSU is well-renowned, is a part of the Big Ten Conference, has three medical schools (more than any other college in the U.S) and many of the schools at the university are rated the best of their kind year after year. There is also the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, located right in downtown, which is the biggest law school in the country. Lansing is home to many students, but if getting your education on isn’t on your list of things to do in Lansing MI, let me tell you there is still plenty to do and see.

If you’re looking for something a little more on the entertaining side, there are tons of exciting and enriching things to do in Lansing MI. Each and every year, there are tons of festivals and also parades that take place, including the Michigan Pride festival. If you want to catch some music you can visit the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Or if you want to catch some music plus some grub, there are tons of clubs and bars that are downtown for you to enjoy an ambiance of your choice. There’s also many theatres, a zoo, libraries, and art galleries, all places that offer pretty cool things to do in Lansing MI.

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