COLUMBIA

HAS:

1. Three man-made lakes.

2. 19 neighborhood swimming pools.

3. 68,000 residents.

4. A special property tax.

5. 8,600 single-family houses, 6,400 town houses.

6. 6,600 rental apartments, 2,500 condominiums.

7. Eight outdoor tennis courts.

8. Athletic clubs.

9. A golf course.

10. 1,900 businesses.

11. 324 stores.

12. A public transportation system.

13. A weekly newspaper.

14. A think tank on community issues.

15. Four interfaith centers.

16. An equestrian center.

17. Ice and roller skating rinks.

18. Merriweather Post Pavilion.

19. Two hotels.

20. Streets named after poems and paintings.

21. More than 200 social, civic and fraternal organizations.

DOESN'T HAVE:

1. Cemeteries.

2. Private swimming pools.

3. Enough subsidized housing.

4. City government.

5. Sidewalks downtown.

6. Walk-don't walk signs.

7. Visible power lines.

8. Anything open 24 hours.

9. Museum or art galleries.

10. Parking meters.

11. Street-level shopping.

12. A public transportation system that works.

13. Enough places to dance.

14. Enough ethnic restaurants.

15. Free-standing churches and synagogues.

16. Car dealerships.

17. Outdoor ice cream parlors.

18. Symphony orchestra or concert hall.

19. Interesting architecture.

20. Railroad tracks.

21. Street people.

SOURCE: Interviews with Columbia residents.