Columbia, MD is trying to redevelop itself as an urban center. As part of that it plans to "upgrade a foot and bike path over Route 29 [to] better unify Eastern and Western Columbia in Howard County."
“Route 29 is like the Berlin Wall between East and West Columbia,” said Phil Engelke, property and business chairman on the Oakland Mills Village Board.
I'm trying to imagine Wings of Desire in Columbia, MD. It's not as good - even with Peter Falk. I wrote about how micro-trails can unite communities before and this sounds like the same kind of thing.
The one-mile pedestrian corridor would become more inviting with the changes and link residents to Oakland Mills’ shops, restaurants and the future Bland Air Regional Park, the village board’s revitalization chairwoman Karen Gray said.
The 10-minute walk is less of a hassle than driving and parking, said Council Member Calvin Ball, D-District 2, who represents the Oakland Mills Community.
“It could cut down on congestion and road traffic,” he said. “There are so many wonderful things that could come out of this if it is done right.”
If it's a 10 minute walk - think how quick it would be on a bike.