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    What's Happening, Columbia?

    Oh - I never knew about that website. Thanks for letting me know.
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    What's Happening, Columbia?

    I am concerned that there have been so few posts on this Website lately - the last one was back in September. Checking on other SC cities (Greenville, Charleston, Spartanburg) they all have much more activity. What is happening, Columbia?
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    South Main Street

    Where do you see the actual plan? In the State article there was just a map, and descriptions, but no plan. What is strange is that when I posted that link there was an article on the State webpage. Now that article has disappeared. Not sure what is going on.
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    South Main Street

    What do you mean about Cornell Arms not being there? - it is on Sumter, not Main St. What would really help that parcel bordered by College, Main, Pendleton and Sumter would be to fill up those horrible surface lots.
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    South Main Street

    This would be fantastic: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article155958419.html Wouldn't it be even better if that four-block area would be turned into a pedestrian zone - a green zone with a water feature, sitting areas, outdoor restaurants, sculpture park, etc. It could be a great "entry hall" for the campus and the State House.
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    The Arts in Columbia

    Not sure where to put this, but you may have heard that Columbia is getting a new public charter school for the arts. According to their website, the Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC) will open in August, 2017. MAC will have a focus on the visual arts, theater, dance and music. Go to https://www.facebook.com/MidlandsArtsConservatory/ and http://midlandsartsconservatory.org . They will be holding two informational meetings for parents and the community: on Saturday January 7 at 4:00 in the North Main branch of the Richland Public Library, and on Sunday, January 8 at 3:00 in the second floor theatre at the main branch of the Richland Public Library.
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    Columbia Area Developments

    Not sure where to put this, but you may have heard that Columbia is getting a new public charter school for the arts. According to their website, the Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC) will open in August, 2017. MAC will have a focus on the visual arts, theater, dance and music. Go to https://www.facebook.com/MidlandsArtsConservatory/ and http://midlandsartsconservatory.org . They will be holding two informational meetings for parents and the community: on Saturday January 7 at 4:00 in the North Main branch of the Richland Public Library, and on Sunday, January 8 at 3:00 in the second floor theatre at the main branch of the Richland Public Library.
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    Main Street/CBD Developments

    In today's Cindy Ross Scoppe's article in today's State paper she mentions that " Cassie Cope reports that the only one of the projects that even makes an appearance on one of the Transportation Department’s many priority lists is the one involving Columbia’s eight-block South Main Street. " Apparently there is $3-million for that project. Has anyone seen plans yet? Is this really going to happen, or is it still in the works? It would be great if this could turn into a pedestrian friendly "mall", and a centerpiece of the campus. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/cindi-ross-scoppe/article98165602.html#storylink=cpy
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    Columbia Transit

    Of course - but neither can it fund highways downtown. However, there is a lot of land downtown for apartments and townhouses. The more people who live and work downtown, the less need for highways. Eventually there will be a critical mass of people who live downtown and need to go from the Vista to Main street, to Five Points, to Bull Street, and the city will have to pay for some sort of upgraded mass transit - maybe 20 years from now - and that will mean better bus service, or street cars, or a monorail, etc.
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    Columbia Transit

    Sorry to disagree with you, but highways downtown would destroy the character of Columbia. This is not "old school" - it is learning from the mistakes of other cities. Those cities made their mistakes 50 years ago, and are now coming around to much better ways of moving people around and creating communities. Remember the old adage: "If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got". In this case you get congestion, pollution, broken up neighborhoods, and ugly strips of asphalt and concrete.
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    Columbia Transit

    No, No, No - we don't need more highways, especially downtown. Don't you realize that many cities are actually tearing down the ugly highways that were mistakenly built in the city centers - e.g. Seattle, Boston. Even Greenville tore down a bridge in order to reveal the beautiful waterfall and create a lovely urban park. We need to make the drivers so frustrated that they decide to live downtown, and that the "powers that be" build mass transit systems to get us around. Say "No" to cars!
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    Innovista

    I totally agree!
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    Innovista

    I guess it is a matter of personal taste- but I rather like this color, and the fact that these USC buildings have a kind of architectural unity. These buildings are also immediately identifiable as USC.
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    Columbia Development Map

    Nice! Thanks for doing this and updating the information. Much appreciated.
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    Main Street/CBD Developments

    Yes, those are such high-profile and important plots of land (both sides of the Gervais/Assembly corner) - they need to be something special. It's all about the connectivity of Main street to the Vista, and it is what people will see when they visit the State House. It has to be people-friendly, aesthetically pleasing, and perhaps even making a statement. I hope something goes there that will really enhance our city. Is there any actual movement on that site?