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  1. This sounds good on paper, but Aflac is still controlled by the founding Amos family, and so I would assume as good corporate citizens they will keep the HQ in Columbus, GA. Also keep in mind that Columbus is as close to Atlanta as Columbia is to Charlotte, so the issue of getting to a large hub airport is a wash at best. Of course, that doesn't mean they won't expand operations here in the Midlands, it's just that I think it may be a bit unrealistic to think Aflac may move here. If we're going to land another big insurance HQ, I say we go for the moon and go after a global player. One t
  2. Well, there may be some restaurants coming to 12th Street and Cayce in general because of the traffic SCANA employees will generate (particularly around lunchtime), but the restaurants you mention (i.e., well-know national sit-down restaurant chains) really seem to follow rooftops (i.e., residential development), and more specifically newer middle-to-upper-middle-class housing. Unfortunately I don't see a whole lot of new such homebuilding coming soon, with the current state of the residential construction market. Eventually, though, I think what is needed and hopefully will come is more hou
  3. I think Portland, ME, as small as it is, is closely tied to the fat traffic markets of Boston and NYC, so carriers like JetBlue, which is focused on NYC and (to a lesser extent) Boston, can *profitably* connect those markets. Independence Air was a great product for the consumer but a terrible business plan. They simply could not get enough butts to fill their seats *profitably*. You can only go so long losing money on $49 and $59 one-way fares. I flew them a lot, and was suprised at how long they kept loss-leader fares, especially on their high-cost 50-seat regional jets (which there
  4. Hi again to all - just wanted to say thanks for all the nice comments. We have indeed decided to live in NE Richland, and we're very happy to be moving to the Columbia area. Now we can talk about all the other great things to see/do in the Midlands - but that will be other topics, of course.
  5. Yeah - that was my impression of what Forest Acres would be like - mature, established, pleasant, but not a lot of young couples or young families. Even if we live further up in NE Richland, it would be nice to go around Forest Acres once in a while with the more urban Richland Mall and other interesting retail emerging around there. Like I said, I'm very fond of "border 'burbs" (as my brother calls them) because many of them are becoming interesting urban areas. Where I grew up near Chicago is also changing - there are 20-story condo buildings going up about 2 miles from my parents' house.
  6. Forest Acres/Arcadia Lakes is the one area I haven't been in but would like to check out, at least for curiosity's sake. Location-wise it would be very good. I think most of Forest Acres is in Richland 1 (and generally has the better Richland 1 schools, I think), but the northern areas are in Richland 2. From what I've been able to gather, it is a less diverse and older area than NE Richland, but a nice, well-established neighborhood with a well-educated population. Perhaps comparable to older, maturing suburbs near DC, like a Bethesda or Arlington (with the attendant things like a stand-a
  7. I respect your advice - I myself was born in the city of Chicago, lived their for four years, and then up through high school lived in a nearby, early-post-WWII-era suburb with good schools. If I were, say, 24 or 25 and knew I wouldn't have kids for a few years, then I'd be more inclined to look at an area like Shandon. There seemed to be plenty of young couples around that area, and I'm sure we'd have enjoyed it. But now we're thinking about having a family soon, and for all the wonderful neighborhoods in the city, we'd like the chance to have some space and peace and quiet. I did loo
  8. Tell me about it - the housing market here is totally out of whack. My wife are I are lucky that we bought our townhouse four years ago. It's doubled in value since then. Even the realtors up here are admitting that the market is pricing the first-time home buyer out of the market. I've heard of at least one case of a young college graduate bailing out on a job in the DC area because she can't afford to buy any property reasonably close to work (and reasonably close here means within a 60-75 minute commute). She's looking to find something in North Carolina now. We're planning on get
  9. Thanks for the responses so far. I will be working in NE Columbia - around the SC-277 / Fontaine / Farrow area. For that reason I also like NE Richland - it's a no-brainer that it's closer to there. If I were working around Harbison, I would definitely consider Irmo/Dutch Fork or Lexington more, but I wanted to know if Irmo/Lexington was better enough so that it was worth the extra commute time / congestion. My guess is that, no, it's probably not worth the extra distance. However, a few of my future co-workers do live in Irmo and Lexington, and they don't take more than 20-30 minutes t
  10. Hi to all at the Upstate/Midlands forum at urbanplanet.org! I'm new to this forum but have been reading all the topics voraciously. Nice to see spirited commentary about Columbia and South Carolina! Anyways, my wife and I are about to move to the Columbia area and would like to see what you folks have to say about what areas to live in. I'm originally from an older suburb near Chicago (probably roughly comparable to Forest Acres), and my wife grew up near Charlottesville, VA (her neighborhood was roughly comparable to older areas of Irmo/St. Andrews). We are currently in Northern Virg
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