Everyone has an opinion about Towson, the unincorporated capital of Baltimore County just eight miles north of the city. Many like the proximity of its desirable residential neighborhoods to shopping areas, public services and such recreational gems as the Loch Raven Reservoir. Others argue that the once-sleepy county seat is getting congested because of massive overbuilding.
These conflicting views have been argued forcefully and eloquently in recent months as a residential and commercial revitalization plan has been debated for an area bounded by the city line, Charles Street, Seminary Avenue, the beltway and the Loch Raven Boulevard vicinity. A final plan, detailing height and bulk and other building specifics, is expected to be submitted for County Council approval by Christmas.
Meanwhile, Towson's downtown is changing radically. Towson Town Center, a $150 million extravaganza that will ultimately feature 200 shops, will open Wednesday. One of its eventual department store anchors will be Nordstrom, the West Coast chain famed for its elegance and service. Just a few blocks away, a competing luxury shopping and entertainment mall is rising. Called Towson Commons, it is slated for opening next spring.