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New City

In a memo dated October 25, 1962, James Rouse informed the directors of Community Research and Development of the hiring of Bill Finley and the intention for him to be involved in the “plan for a ‘New City’.”

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Columbia Dedication

Frazar Wilde speaks to the audience of those who helped to move Columbia from idea to reality. The dedication of the lake and the village named in his honor marked the beginning of Columbia. After listening to Rouse credit him for making Columbia possible, he said of Rouse, “no matter what back-up he had” — referring to the generous financial investment by the Connecticut General Insurance Company — “there would be no Columbia unless somebody had the imagination and the leadership to start such a project.”

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