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Old 07-31-2013, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Irmo, SC
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Does it HAVE to be downtown? If so, where else would they put it? I'm no urban planner but in my opinion you should put it near a detention center. Maybe not on the same side of the street as one, since technically these people are ex-felons simply needing assistance in being assimilated back into the real world. I think they should put it across the street from the Broad river correctional institution. Or possibly south of I-77 towards Alvin S. Glenn. Adversely, the Alvin S. Glenn idea wouldn't be a great idea since its in a not so good area... This would possibly cause recidivism. I dont know the selection process on the placement of halfway houses in other cities but I'm sure they arent placed within 2 blocks of a bourgeoning (or at least soon to be) area of the city.

To be honest, I'm torn on this subject now. In my unprofessional opininion, I dont think it would be a problem where it is planned on being placed. It's not like it's directly across the street or anything, but I think there are better places to put the halfway house.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Columbia is still "Famously Hot!"

It’s been a cool, wet summer in Columbia | Local News | The State
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:41 PM
 
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Does it HAVE to be downtown? If so, where else would they put it? I'm no urban planner but in my opinion you should put it near a detention center. Maybe not on the same side of the street as one, since technically these people are ex-felons simply needing assistance in being assimilated back into the real world. I think they should put it across the street from the Broad river correctional institution. Or possibly south of I-77 towards Alvin S. Glenn. Adversely, the Alvin S. Glenn idea wouldn't be a great idea since its in a not so good area... This would possibly cause recidivism. I dont know the selection process on the placement of halfway houses in other cities but I'm sure they arent placed within 2 blocks of a bourgeoning (or at least soon to be) area of the city.

To be honest, I'm torn on this subject now. In my unprofessional opininion, I dont think it would be a problem where it is planned on being placed. It's not like it's directly across the street or anything, but I think there are better places to put the halfway house.
There's already one in downtown, near the intersection of Bull and Gervais. That's a decent location since it's in a somewhat non-descript area IMO: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1218+...gl=us&t=h&z=18
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Irmo, SC
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Interesting. Yeah, never knew it was there.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:58 AM
 
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The difference I believe in having these types facilities and/or homeless shelters in downtown Columbia versus DC is DC has a critical mass of downtown workers, tourists, downtown residents going about their daily lives that causes a HUGE amount of pedestrian traffic on the street. Same could be said for NYC, Chicago, and a few others. This population outnumbers the homeless by atleast 100 to 1... and therefore none of the 100 feel uncomfortable being downtown because they are surrounded by so many folks similiar to them. In Columbia that number could be 3 to ( Im exaggerating) so a group of homeless guys hanging on the corner or a few "ex" whatever out on the sidewalk smoking a cig or at a bus stop.. is more visable and may make some folks uncomfortable. Not saying its right.. just saying its the perception.

One of the key factors in all of this regardless of where it goes.. is how it is MANAGED and the relationship the operators have with the surrounding neighborhood and with the City in order to quickly address issues, if/when they occur.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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A good bit more on Columbia's new economic development director:

City selects new economic development director | www.thecolumbiastar.com | Columbia Star
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Waiting for the combined effects of the Bull Street development and the penny sales tax to be obvious is the hard part. It should hit us with a boom before long.

Columbia, SC: Bolton: Columbia could be in for an ‘exciting’ 20 years | Warren Bolton | The State
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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This makes sense. If you took Columbia's college students out of its population, the city would have fewer people, but its per capita income would be higher. I'll take the students.

If you don’t count college students, there’s less poverty, Census Bureau finds – The Post and Courier
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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This makes sense. If you took Columbia's college students out of its population, the city would have fewer people, but its per capita income would be higher. I'll take the students.

If you don’t count college students, there’s less poverty, Census Bureau finds – The Post and Courier
My guess is that Columbia's educated population percentage would rise as well without the college students. While Carolina has about 10k graduate students, that is more than offset by the schools 20k undergraduate students. Just more statistics to confuse the issue.

As for the other hot topic, I tend to agree with some who think having a half way house should be reviewed. Opportunities should be provided for those who need help but, you have to balance that with developing a city. If you are asking developers to commit tens of millions in a project, the developer should not have to worry about a homeless shelter and a halfway house within a short distance.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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My guess is that Columbia's educated population percentage would rise as well without the college students. While Carolina has about 10k graduate students, that is more than offset by the schools 20k undergraduate students. Just more statistics to confuse the issue.

As for the other hot topic, I tend to agree with some who think having a half way house should be reviewed. Opportunities should be provided for those who need help but, you have to balance that with developing a city. If you are asking developers to commit tens of millions in a project, the developer should not have to worry about a homeless shelter and a halfway house within a short distance.
Don't forget - there are about 25,000 college students in addition to those at USC - Midlands Tech, Allen, Benedict, Columbia College, the Lutheran Seminary, South Univ, Columbia Int'l and then the small diploma mills like Webster and Virginia.
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