Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College


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An interior photograph of the Columbia Mall in Columbia Maryland displays the glass ceiling that creates an atrium effect for shoppers. The globe-shaped lanterns are repeated on the mall’s exterior walks.

The Mall in Columbia is part of a planned community development in Columbia, Maryland. The community consists of ten self-contained villages which were established in the late 1960s by The Rouse Company, a development firm headed by James Rouse. The Mall opened in 1971 and served as the centerpiece of the Columbia community.



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Housing development -- Planned communites; Cities and towns -- Maryland -- Columbia; Land use -- Planning -- Planned communities; Land use -- Planning -- Suburbs; Shopping centers -- United States -- Maryland;

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United States of America

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Columbia, Maryland; The Mall in Columbia; planned communities; malls;