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BryCola

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  1. BryCola

    Innovista

    Well, that makes it sound like Columbia never benefits from having USC here...which could NOT be farther from the truth. If USC were not in Colulmbia, we'd be Augusta, GA. USC being here has brought MILLIONS into the city, and allowed Columbia to grow into the largest city in the state. Without USC, I think Columbia would just be a small state capital without much besides government. Ideally we really need these two to work together for the good of the midlands, but I've always said that Columbia needs USC much more than USC needs Columbia. And as for minor league baseball and the Panthers...when did it become a school's job to subsidize minor league sports? I for one would have been REALLY ticked if Columbia and the Bombers tried to force Carolina to support them by building a stadium for the Bombers. And Krazee is completely right...the Bombers were leaving all along. They said they couldn't afford to build their own stadium, but what did they do in Greenville? Build their own stadium. And while it would have been good to have the Panters in Columbia for their first season, people seem to forget USC DID have an offer on the table for them, but the PANTHERS are the one that chose the offer from Clemson. So it's a total misconception that USC "would not allow" them to play here. If came down to money, and apparently Clemson came up with a better offer.
  2. Hmmm...it's interesting to see all the hate for these trees. I actually love them.
  3. I'd like to see a before pic...because I don't see THAT much difference. Just looks like some new glass.
  4. Hope this is the right thread for this...it's not exactly an economic development...but it's economic news. CNN did a ranking of real estate growth for the 100 largest markets in the US, and Columbia is the only one in SC listed. And we're in the positive territory with growth. The one's at the bottom have negative growth. http://money.cnn.com/2007/04/09/real_estat...eymag/index.htm
  5. Hmmm...wonder if I could get my boss to pay for that.
  6. Here's my first pic of the fountain taken from my office. Just a construction area so far, but you can see they're putting the plumbing in.
  7. The 5 year requirement was only if you get the $17,000 down payment assistance. (according to the article)
  8. OOOHHHHHH...now THAT may be what I've been looking for. I want to live downtown, but certainly can't afford a half million dollar townhouse or condo. And those are walking distance to the baseball stadium and the river...and eventually the new riverfront park. I'm gonna watch this VERY closely! And I also would think this would be a great investment...the property values in that area are going to go way up as Innovista starts to fill in. Do y'all agree or disagree? Also, how do these price controls affect future selling price. What's to keep someone from buying one for $140,000, then selling it in 2 years for $200,000?
  9. Well, I can see it out of my 11th floor office on the opposite corner...so I'll be glad to. So far all they've done is prepare the site. It's just a dirt area with boards around it. I'll bring my digital camera to work next week and take some pics as the construction progresses.
  10. Ok, I take it back...there is actually some REAL construction equipment down there now. Yesterday it was just a few jackhammers. So I applogize for thinking they were lazy.
  11. I can see the fountain area right outside my office window. Yesterday there was a lot of acitivity going on there, but today there's NO ONE there. They do have it boarded off...but once they get started, I can't imagine why you'd take a day off already.
  12. Agree completely. I'm going to be in the market for a new place to live in the next year, and would LOVE to live downtown. But I'm certainly not in a position to spend what the condos and townhouses downtown are costing.
  13. The one on the right is much older though...I actually applied for my very first job in that building back when it was First National Bank. (dating myself)
  14. Oh yeah, I've thought about the fact that someone's house will be built RIGHT on top of where the state's electric chair used to sit. I also took a drive through the Bull Street site, and agree that it's beautiful with all of the old brick buildings and HUGE oak trees. And I got the same impression...some parts are VERY creepy with a ghost town feel. Of course that will go away when the development starts.
  15. BryCola

    Five Points

    Yeah...lots of stuff going on at Canal Side right now. I pass by there everyday on my way home. There are big concrete pipes that they are installing...I'm assuming for drainage. Hopefully roads will start appearing soon.
  16. BryCola

    Five Points

    I agree...I wish they wouldn't even announce a project unless they're SURE it's gonna get done, and they plan on starting soon. (Kline, are you listening?)
  17. BryCola

    Innovista

    Of course it's just speculation that the flag could potentially hurt Innovista, and economic development...I don't have any facts, just guesses. But my initial post on this was that I'm just waiting for the day that the NAACP gets into this. I don't like the thought of Intel getting a call from the NAACP trying to convince them NOT to come to Columbia and SC. (I guess Spartan's right...this topic belongs in the flag thread.)
  18. BryCola

    Innovista

    At the "expense" of development? I'd think taking it down would be to the BENEFIT of development.
  19. BryCola

    Innovista

    I don't mean to turn this discussion toward the Confederate flag...but I can see that issue directly affecting Innovista. I SURE hope it does not however.
  20. BryCola

    Innovista

    Here is another interesting article in today's State about the hydrogen economy. http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/16973485.htm I hate to bring up something negative...but how long is it before someone from the NAACP starts contacting these businesses that MAY move here and says "Did you know that a Confederate flag is right at the head of Main Street in front for the capital building? We're going to boycott you if you move to SC." Most businesses don't want the bad publicity of being associated with the Confederate flag. I'm surprised we haven't heard this yet actually. And I wonder if some of these big businessmen have been driving around Columbia, and just happened to run across that embarrassment. This may have already cost us and we don't even know it. GEEZ I wish those ignorant rednecks in the State House would WAKE UP and stop humiliating our entire state!!! (sorry...this is a HOT button issue for me)
  21. Uh oh...hope I didn't break any rules. I don't even remember where I got the pic from...probably UP. But I love how green the pic looks...so nice job with that pic. I'm going to have to get my camera out, and go take some of my own pics...so I don't have to worry about using pics I just found on the net.
  22. One of my favorite pics of downtown Columbia, SC. The only problem is that you can't see the State House behind the tall building on the right.
  23. Actually they DO have outdoor tables...they're just on the second floor, not street level.
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