In Columbia, there was only one James Rouse. But two of the many important players in the history and development of the planned community died in the past week, and the community is the poorer for it.
One was Patty Rouse, the widow of Columbia's founder. More than just a strong supporter of her visionary husband, Patty Rouse co-founded (with her husband) The Enterprise Foundation, a nonprofit that built affordable housing for low-income families, in 1982. She remained involved with the foundation and with numerous other local boards and organizations long after her husband died in 1996.