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The Nickelodeon has its blue DDRC sign up for exterior renovations. Side note: Also on their window is a sign that reads, "Homeless Helping Columbia." It tells the homeless to come to the alley across from the Oliver Gospel Mission to clean it up and receive snacks and beverages. Now that's innovative!

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And here's the obligatory article every couple of months about the state of Main Street from The State. This one focuses on the role of the arts in revitalizing Main and the challenges that remain (connecting Main with the Vista, finding tenants for the Palmetto Center). I'm a bit amazed that the county courthouse could be mentioned in this article but nothing is said about how it represents a huge interruption of the urban fabric of Main Street. This accompanying article asks a few different people in the city what they'd do to attract businesses back to Main.

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And here's the obligatory article every couple of months about the state of Main Street from The State. This one focuses on the role of the arts in revitalizing Main and the challenges that remain (connecting Main with the Vista, finding tenants for the Palmetto Center). I'm a bit amazed that the county courthouse could be mentioned in this article but nothing is said about how it represents a huge interruption of the urban fabric of Main Street. This accompanying article asks a few different people in the city what they'd do to attract businesses back to Main.

At least the county courthouse grounds are green and have a lot of back and forth daytime foot traffic. I would think the building itself one day will be appreciated. I already appreciate it, from certain angles more than others.

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At least the county courthouse grounds are green and have a lot of back and forth daytime foot traffic. I would think the building itself one day will be appreciated. I already appreciate it, from certain angles more than others.

It's not even all that functional as a building with its angular corners. Hopefully the county will build another one in the near future and someone will build something at the site of the current one that's much more fitting for Main Street.

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And here's the obligatory article every couple of months about the state of Main Street from The State. This one focuses on the role of the arts in revitalizing Main and the challenges that remain (connecting Main with the Vista, finding tenants for the Palmetto Center). I'm a bit amazed that the county courthouse could be mentioned in this article but nothing is said about how it represents a huge interruption of the urban fabric of Main Street. This accompanying article asks a few different people in the city what they'd do to attract businesses back to Main.

The different people answering the question in the accompanying article are all running for City Council District 2, which covers downtown. The special election is July 13th. I'm glad The State is running articles with their views on certain issues.

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The building that was going to be Duncan Donuts on Main now has a brand new interior demolition permit in the window, issued 7/12/10, and the Duncan Donut sign is gone.

Also, the new owners of South Carolina's tallest building, the Capitol Center, have really spiffed it up. A hanging scaffold has been going 'round and 'round and 'round it for weeks with men either painting or white-washing it over and over so that finally the smudging is gone, and one brighter spot where past signage hung has been blended in. It's looking clean, sharp and '80's high-tech.

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The building that was going to be Duncan Donuts on Main now has a brand new interior demolition permit in the window, issued 7/12/10, and the Duncan Donut sign is gone.

I think you mean Dunkin' Donuts. :) But it's good to see that the space will be used for something.

Also, the new owners of South Carolina's tallest building, the Capitol Center, have really spiffed it up. A hanging scaffold has been going 'round and 'round and 'round it for weeks with men either painting or white-washing it over and over so that finally the smudging is gone, and one brighter spot where past signage hung has been blended in. It's looking clean, sharp and '80's high-tech.

Now if they would only do something to make the ground level more appealing to pedestrians....

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The building that was going to be Duncan Donuts on Main now has a brand new interior demolition permit in the window, issued 7/12/10, and the Duncan Donut sign is gone.

Also, the new owners of South Carolina's tallest building, the Capitol Center, have really spiffed it up. A hanging scaffold has been going 'round and 'round and 'round it for weeks with men either painting or white-washing it over and over so that finally the smudging is gone, and one brighter spot where past signage hung has been blended in. It's looking clean, sharp and '80's high-tech.

2nd Tallest! the Tallest is in Myrtle Beach!

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2nd Tallest! the Tallest is in Myrtle Beach!

Someone needs to do a Wikipedia edit, then.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_by_U.S._state

Answer.com also needs an update.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_tallest_building_in_South_Carolina

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"2nd Tallest! the Tallest is in Myrtle Beach!"

Oh, it is not! Dude, where in the world do you get your information???

Here's another link from the Capital City Club website...

http://www.clubcorp.com/club/scripts/section/section.asp?NS=PCH&MFCODE=CCCCO

Here's the quote...

"Located atop South Carolina's tallest building, the Club provides panoramic views of the State Capitol Building, the campus of the University of South Carolina and the historic Vista district."

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Here's another "tallest building" link. It's pretty cool...it has pics of every "tallest building" from each state. Kinda strange that 3 of them (West Virginia, Wyoming, and North Dakota) have the state capital as the tallest building...in Maine, the tallest building is a church...and in Vermont, it's a city hall building. In Mississippi, it's a Casino. LOL Some states just don't have any high rises. The tallest buildings are like 4 or 5 stories tall. It has a nice pic of the Capitol Center from the state house grounds...even has a Palmetto Tree right in the middle. :)

(for some reason, the link shows up as a slide show. If you wanna see this page, click on the "flickr" link in this google search. Should be 4th from the top.)

http://www.google.com/search?q=south+carolina%27s+tallest+building&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1

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"2nd Tallest! the Tallest is in Myrtle Beach!"

Oh, it is not! Dude, where in the world do you get your information???

Here's another link from the Capital City Club website...

http://www.clubcorp....CH&MFCODE=CCCCO

Here's the quote...

"Located atop South Carolina's tallest building, the Club provides panoramic views of the State Capitol Building, the campus of the University of South Carolina and the historic Vista district."

BAM! Heres the info! 29 stories myrtle beach. http://www.emporis.com/application/?nav=building&lng=3&id=margatetower-myrtlebeach-sc-usa

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You should have scrolled down on the page a little bit and you would have read this:

This is the tallest in Myrtle Beach and the second tallest in the state of South Carolina after the Capitol Center in Columbia.

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BAM to you too dude. Take this as a lesson. Number of stories does NOT determine how tall a building is. Margate Tower is 329 feet tall...Capitol Center is 349 feet tall. So to clarify...349 is more than 329. :)

"This is the tallest in Myrtle Beach and the second tallest in the state of South Carolina after the Capitol Center in Columbia."

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BAM to you too dude. Take this as a lesson. Number of stories does NOT determine how tall a building is. Margate Tower is 329 feet tall...Capitol Center is 349 feet tall. So to clarify...349 is more than 329. :)

"This is the tallest in Myrtle Beach and the second tallest in the state of South Carolina after the Capitol Center in Columbia."

Whatever dude im still technically right becuase in stories its taller! in height! thats a different story maybe if we would of specialize it i would of known so im not fully wrong! im half right and your have right! :)

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LOL Wow...don't even know how to respond to that. The question is...which is taller. The ANSWER is...The Capitol Center. End of story. No one on the planet determines how tall a building is by the number of stories. (Except apparently YOU) You can spin whatever you want to, but that's the fact. Even the website that YOU linked said that the Capitol Center is the tallest. Not believing your own sources now? Maybe you should get in touch with the Mayor, since all Columbia mayors apparently are SOOO interested in what you have to say. He can probably tell you which is taller. :)

On, and it's "would've"...not "would of".

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The owners of the 1614 Main St. building are applying for landmark status for the building and will restore its original facade. This represents more of what needs to happen on Main Street, and hopefully more news like this is in the pipeline.

The building is in the Art Deco tradition and was built around 1931 by a Greenville company for the W.T. Grant Company, which was something akin to a five-and-dime and was actually the nation's largest retailer by 1972. However, by 1975 the company had gone bankrupt. The changes made to the facade were done around 1970 when the building was occupied by a shoe retailer. Some exploratory demolition has revealed that the "W.T. Grant Building" lettering that was originally engraved in stone at the top of the building is still intact.

Here is the building as it looks today (on the right):

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I've watched city council meetings on channel 2, and they have talked recently about the need for facade restoration in the CBD, especially Main Street. Maybe if all the facades are returned to their original look, the street will look historic enough to change its name back to Richardson Street. The building to the left has Apple or something similar written all over it.

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