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  1. For anyone interested in historic preservation, the Riverdale-Porterdale Cemetery has obtained a challenge grant to make improvements and beautify that old Victorian-era cemetery. The plans are to renovate the lovely carriage house and fountain at the entrance, work with Trees Columbus to add new foliage, build era-approriate gates at entrances and replace fencing with more aesthetically pleasing alternative. Anyone who has family members buried there -- and most long-term Columbusites do -- should consider making a tax free donation which will then be matched dolar-for-dollar. The Challeng
  2. public forum set for tues 4-6 pm on final proposal to widen Warm Springs from Hilton to Med Ctr. This is the revised plan, so that hopefully this project will finally be underway soon. Anyone who drives that section of WS knows that widening/improvements are long overdue.
  3. Work on Macon Rd City Center to start next year. The Center includes: $12.5M Citizen Service Building -- Council Room, tax and voting offices, etc $10.5M Natatorium (pool) $9.5M Parking garage Altho three separate buildings are considered as one project. At completion will join the Library as evidencing major civic commitment to mid-town area.
  4. Several announcements of new jobs/employment in recent weeks NCR adding two new production lines and 150 new jobs. That raises emploment to 400, with 870 the target number when full production reached NCR also adding 90 new hirees to its new call center, bringing emplyment up to 150. NCR recently closed its call center in SC and announced movement of jobs from there to Ga -- presumably here. The SC facility had 330 positions so the job center may get even more slots in the future. Fresh Mkt is hiring for its new store in Bradley Park. About 90 positions are expected to be filled
  5. Diversification a must. Thank god for aflac and tsys. If not for them columbus would already look like ghost town after demise of mills. Need hi tech mfg. Huge chip maker like intel or amd would be god-send. Hope ncr is start of flood of similar job creating concerns moving in. Doubt benning ever closed. But could be downsized and will be great if and when military is simply one of economic engines and not predominent one
  6. Wout benning columbus would be city of 140k -- or less. Explains why dt so small, bldgs so short, etc. Of all nc cities columbus most like fayetteville. Big military presence explains a lot for both. Even at that fville may have advantage of being close to hipper triangle ambiance
  7. Th believe that columbus would look more like WS -- if it were more like WS. Unless I am mistaken, however, WS is not so close to a military establishment as we are. A LOT of the infrastructure that would be located in town (ie, urban area) is actually located on post out of sight and out of mind of most of us civilians. Like the hospital, PX and Commissary. If those and othe post facilities were private or non-military then they would be a part of the Columbus landscape as they are in WS. Long story short, altho Columbus has same population as WS, a large part of it is military-oriented
  8. Correct to say that Columbus has merely been "keeping up." But consider this. The city has been dealing with its ties to a dying industry -- textiles. Under the circumstances, keeping up is pretty remarkable. The city has had to replace jobs on a one-to-one basis for each that was lost when the mills closed. Hard to name any other city which has had to deal with a dying industry and not actually fallen sharply. Of similar cities in the South that have risen from the ashes of the death of textiles I can think of only one that has actually grown and prospered -- Greenville SC. And that i
  9. Agree that defeat of TAD was a BIG mistake. However, as I recall, old TAD law was shortly thereafter overturned by the Supreme Court? So not sure that, even if enacted, TAD would have been of any present value (nothing to grandfater in). But is still correct to say that Columbus is remiss in failing to bring to another vote under new TAD law. The problem was that the City utterly failed to explain TAD to the voters. Needed more time to explain it to the electorate and assumed that a good idea would sell itself. I was stunned to talk to seemingly intelligent voters who opposed TAD for misg
  10. Granted there has been a ton of public money spent in DT Columbus. Have no idea how much or ratio to private investment -- but really not surprising that big ticket items (RiverCenter,Trade Center etc) are publically funded. Smaller private concerns (bars, cafes, etc) surely represent -- on individual basis -- less capital outlay, but collectively would comprise a fairly large amount I would assume. There are alot of those private mom-and-pop concerns DT now. If think about it, probably was necessary that public money be spent initially to create infrastructure to support and build a base
  11. NEW FLIGHTS!!!! Beginning July 15 American Eagle (American Airlines Regional carrier) will have two flights a day between CSG and Dallas. Mornong and afternoon flights to Dallas. Afternoon and evening flights from Dallas. Great news!!! Let's hope that this service catches on and that new service to Charlottte, NYC and DC will be coming soon!
  12. WHITEWATER ---- FINALLY!!!!! Specifics of project announced 2.5 miles -- 35th St to 11th St Cost -- 23M Annual economic impact -- up to 42M Jobs -- 700 Annual Visitors -- 188k (144k out-of-town) Lodging taxes -- 300k Sales tax -- 1.7 M Construction Schedule -- May 2011- 2012 "World Class" when river at full flow
  13. WHITEWATER NEWS AT LAST!!!! WBRL reported that financining in the amount of $23 million has finally been obtained for the whitewater project. The Chamber of Commerce will have official announcement in May or June. But seems that a contractor has already been employed and ground-breaking (actually, dam-breaking) will be in early 2011. Preliminarily, will be 2-mile course and one of few urban whitewater routes in the entire country. This has been a LONG time coming and hope that it comes off. Could be tipping point that makes DT a weekend destination for ATL, B'ham, etc -- much like t
  14. Excellent news for Macon! Congrats!
  15. quite right -- anyone know when the 2007 estimates for counties will be out? Seems like it is usually in March-April period.
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