Howard History

Ridding Ellicott City of slum conditions

March 11, 2007

As reported in the March 12, 1964, edition of The Sun:

A vow to rid Ellicott City of slum conditions within the next five years was made yesterday by Charles E. Miller, head of the Board of Commissioners.

"What's more, we'll do it without a cent of federal aid," said the Republican chairman, "and do a better job, too."

Should Mr. Miller accomplish such a feat - and there are those who would consider it a minor miracle - it will be in opposition to the plans suggested by other county officials.

The decision of the three-member Board of Commissioners to turn down federal participation in the urban renewal of Ellicott City comes despite pleas from the Planning Commission that the opposite course be taken.

[ Paul McCardell, Sun library researcher.]

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