The next America revisited

David M. Levinson

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This article examines Columbia, Maryland, called "The Next America" by its founders in 1967. It compares the planning goals and actual achievements over the third of a century that the city has existed. The physical plan and social plan are discussed in turn, and their reinforcing aspects are considered. Issues of community and identity, racial integration, education, religion, transportation, shopping, work, and parks are addressed. Many of the goals have been achieved; others have fallen short or evolved over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-344
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Columbia, Maryland
  • James Rouse
  • Master planned community
  • New town


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