Jim Rouse: Capitalist/Idealist is the story of a very special businessman. A successful capitalist-a real estate developer-Jim Rouse led his life as a practicing idealist. He sought to help people enrich their lives. He wanted people to live in an enjoyable environment and to experience the joy in caring for each other. But he knew that to raise the capital to accomplish those goals his companies had to be profitable. As an enthusiast of urban renewal, he worked to rid core downtown areas of American cities of blight and despair. He created indoor malls in the new post-war suburbs that would be focal points for community life. He developed a whole new city-Columbia, Maryland-to show what an American city could be like. For one thing, it would be a city totally integrated racially, a city in which anyone could buy or rent on any street. In retirement, Rouse founded the Enterprise Foundation to produce profits that would be used to provide the poorest of Americans with a decent place to live. Rouse was one of America's first practitioners of social enterprise.
Paul Marx is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of New Haven. He is the author of The Modern Rules of Style (American Bar Association Publishing, 2007) and Utopia in America (Burke Publishing, 2002). He is the editor of Modern and Classical Essayists (McGraw-Hill, 1996) and Twelve Short Story Writers (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970). As a freelance writer, he has had articles in, among other journals, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Baltimore Sun.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgements Part 3 Chronology Chapter 4 What's the Purpose Chapter 5 Huck on the Chesapeake Chapter 6 Jim at School Chapter 7 A Poor Relation Chapter 8 The Ace Chapter 9 The Fights Against Blight and War Chapter 10 Stepping Stones Chapter 11 The Company and the City Chapter 12 Bad Mall, Good Mall Chapter 13 The Summer of 1963 Chapter 14 The Village of Cross Keys Chapter 15 Columbia: The Dream, the Plans Chapter 16 Columbia: The Next America Chapter 17 Columbia and the Vietnam War Chapter 18 A Downward Turn Chapter 19 Festival Marketplace: Boston Chapter 20 Festival Marketplace: Baltimore Chapter 21 The Social Entrepreneur Chapter 22 Back to Baltimore Chapter 23 Last Years Chapter 24 Columbia Fully Grown Chapter 25 Legacy Part 26 Bibliography Part 27 Index Part 28 About the Author