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He felt exploited and felt the subsidized housing would become a problem for the rest of the county.

Miller had been defeated in the November 1974 Howard County Council elections, in part as a result of the changed political landscape that Columbia's development brought.

Rouse was turned down in financing from David Rockefeller, who had recently cancelled a planned Rouse "Village" concept called Pocantico Hills.

The $19,122,622 acquisition was then funded by Rouse's former employer Connecticut General Life Insurance in October 1962 at an average price of $1,500 per acre ($0.37/m²). Force campaigned on a slow-growth ballot, but later approved the Columbia project.

Along the way, he came to recognize the importance of comprehensive planning and action to address housing issues.

A talented public speaker, Rouse's speeches on housing matters attracted media attention.

The town center land of Oakland Manor was purchased from Isadore Guldesky who was turned down from building high-rises on the site by Rob Moxley's brother, County Commissioner and land developer Norman E. Sensing that he had a key property, he requested $5 million for his 1,000 acres (400 ha), signing an agreement by hand on a land plat. In October 1963, the acquisition was revealed to the residents of Howard County, putting to rest rumors about the mysterious purchases.

By late 1962, citizens had elected an all-Republican three-member council. These had included theories that the site was to become a medical research laboratory or a giant compost heap.The new city would be complete with jobs, schools, shopping, and medical services, and a range of housing choices.Property taxes from commercial development would cover the additional services with which housing would burden the county.Community Research and Development, Inc., which was managed by James W.Rouse and Company, became a publicly traded company in 1961. changed its name to The Rouse Company, after it had acquired James W. By the early 1950s Rouse was also active in organizations whose goals were to combat blight and promote urban renewal.In April 1962, Mel Berman, a longtime Howard County resident who was also a member of the CRD's Board of Directors, saw a sign on Cedar Lane in Howard County advertising 1,309 acres (530 ha) for sale.

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