Ellicot City/Howard County, MD

Posted April 10, 2012 in Profile

The Howard Co. Resilience Circle meets in a private home on Fridays. A new circle started in May 2012 through Climate Change Initiative of Howard County.  Email Ruth at hococlimatechange@gmail.com to get involved!

Visit their website for more information: https://sites.google.com/site/ccihoco/links-articles/resilencecirclesresources10-11.

~ News and Views from the Howard County Circle ~

The Howard County Circle Discusses #Occupy. Click here for the full summary.

“We asked ourselves would there ever be an Occupy Howard County.  Two  of us saw the PATCH article “Occupy Howard County” at https://elkridge.patch.com/articles/occupy-howard-county.  So many comments were very negative about the Occupy movement.  Our county has a strong and vocal conservative element.  We asked, are we in this county in denial about the financial pain of many?  Some have seen an increase in food insufficiency (via food programs at Howard Community College).   Why is there  surprise in some of our voices  when we note there is a Howard County Homeless Center and for the homeless that live in the woods along Route 1 a Howard County Homeless Project coordinated by a number of faith communities.  Someone mentioned a friend  was shocked to discover recently that  Howard County has trailer parks and story here.

“The Baltimore Sun yesterday noted Maryland now has more millionaires per capita than any other US State.  Howard Co is the richest county in Maryland, third richest in the US. per this article. As housing in Columbia and Howard Co. became very very expensive, we became a millionaire magnet. We commented that we see the affluence, but in this suburb the poor are more invisible (unlike in the inner cities). How many in our county are the 1% or rich aspiring 1 percenters? Are we delusional?  Do we just not see the poverty (which is increasing), and the the middle class (like us ) are increasingly downwardly mobile.  More than 40 years ago Jim Rouse founded Columbia as planned community to be an affordable open home people with a  wide income ranges, and to be a place that build strong community bonds and caring and diversity.  How far are we from that vision now?”