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Old 07-02-2014, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Columbia's office market is quite healthy and on an upward trajectory.

Columbia Regional Business Report | Columbia, SC
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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National League of Cities ranks Columbia #1 in fighting childhood obesity

Columbia ranks first in country | www.thecolumbiastar.com | Columbia Star
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Even Lizard's Thicket tastes better than ever.

COLUMBIA, SC: Spicing up Columbia’s dining scene | Business | The State
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Old 07-06-2014, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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This Columbia chef who has worked around the world under the best doesn't take the (Columbia apologist) journalist's bait.

COLUMBIA, SC: Wesley Fulmer: ‘The passion that you need to put into food’ | Living Here | The State
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:27 PM
 
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This could be whats holding Columbia back.

Columbia Regional Business Report | Columbia, SC
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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I'm glad smart Columbia officials have figured out a way around it. State legislators have no incentive to change the things the article say are wrong. It's Columbia.
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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"Columbia, South Carolina:
Its location directly across the street from the state house makes The Oak Table the perfect spot for government officials to pop in for lunch, dinner and drinks. Crowd pleasers include the Mac burger and fried lobster. The historic Congaree Vista district’s Motor Supply Co. Bistro is where locals go to unwind and enjoy craft cocktails, an eclectic menu and fun events, like the make your own bacon workshop. Columbia’s newest restaurant is its best: Bourbon, where a line of eager diners forms daily (Bourbon takes no reservations) for a chance to try the eggplant jambalaya and po’boys, and, naturally, a taste of one of those select bourbons.
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Mapquest Discover features the "best" restaurants in each state capital.

The Best Bites in All 50 State Capitals | MapQuest
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Restaurant Renaissance video:

Restaurant Renaissance | Local Video | The State
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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We found ourselves driving on a frontage road parallel to I-20 between 378 and Route 1 today and were struck by the bucolic serendipity and hilliness that are so easy to take for granted all around metro Columbia. There were ponds, deep woods and beautiful houses that you would never know were back there. I've stumbled across the same type of beauty around Irmo, off of the Sumter Highway and around Blythewood. It's all around the Midlands. Inland South Carolina is truly a beautiful place.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:05 AM
 
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This could be whats holding Columbia back.

Columbia Regional Business Report | Columbia, SC
The article touched on one reason:

Elected officials see Columbia in a particular jam on commercial property taxes because of its mix of employers: universities, state agencies and Fort Jackson all are exempt from property taxes, leaving a smaller tax base.

The second is the state's restrictive annexation laws. Combined, I think these two factors put Columbia in a unique position among state capitals. I remember reading somewhere that Columbia's tax base is around the size of Rock Hill's, which has about half the population and one-third the land area of Columbia.
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