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Old 08-03-2014, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Irmo, SC
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Interesting. I'd be fine either way... Columbia is a bit bigger than it's 133,000 suggests and is smaller than 400,000 would suggest. Nevertheless, I catch your drift.
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Columbia would be in the 325,000 - 350,000 range if we had North Carolina's annexation laws, unless we annexed into Lexington County, too. Richland County now has just over 400,000 people, so 350,000 or so would be the continuous urban area in Richland County or maybe a little more than that.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:21 PM
 
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I'm just sayin':

(This is not in response to the post immediately preceding this one.)

I was in Charlotte this weekend. Literally, I was in Charlotte - within the Charlotte city limits. By the same measure around here, Blythewood should be in the Columbia city limits. My buddies in Charlotte live a very spread-out car-culture life. To get anywhere, they have to drive and drive through what appears to be the country. Going out to eat means trekking along what appear to be country roads, with no sidewalks, until finally something resembling suburbia appears up ahead. They drove us in several directions from their housing development, which has no sidewalks, and in every direction it took forever to get to anything. Yet they are city residents. I even checked out their recycle bin. I don't think I want SC's annexations laws to become that liberal, but if they did I believe Columbia's population would easily top 400,000.

I'm just sayin'.
CD....the City of Charlotte is large, somewhere in the 750k range I think. Meck County is around 1m residents but keep in mind, Meck County is only 523 sq miles while Richland is 757 sq miles and Greenville County tops out at a whopping 785 sq miles. So, yes, the city is large but it is still a much smaller area than Richland. The good part of the annexation laws in NC is that you can control to an extent the growth around the city. Charlotte's size helped in getting light rail funding passed which has translated into explosive growth on the transit lines. And, it has let to transit oriented developments.

For me, going out to eat means driving one mile and having at least 100 restaurants to chose from. Sure I could walk, the city has a sidewalk ordinance requiring all new developments to be connected via sidewalks. Not sure where your friends live but, as time goes on, even the far reaches of the city will have sidewalks.

Columbia is larger than the 133k residents, no question. And, as I have said before, the city is poised to hit a good growth stride. Would love to see it land a Boeing type development.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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^A Boeing type development would be awesome, but USC's growth of late has been pretty spectacular and has really driven a lot of growth in the downtown area.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:48 PM
 
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^A Boeing type development would be awesome, but USC's growth of late has been pretty spectacular and has really driven a lot of growth in the downtown area.
USC has grown a lot. A lot of folks are dismissive about university related growth but with the pay of professors, business profs average $133k per CHE....highest of any group, and the spiniffs, I would love to have a Carolina caliber school in Charlotte, especially downtown.

I am glad to see a lot of downtown growth not related to the school, diversifying the economy will help in many many ways.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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A population growth spurt in Columbia and the metro as a result of a major company locating a big plant or other facility here notwithstanding, the attached article is interesting as it relates to the area's outlook for population growth in general.

Affordable housing draws middle class inland
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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According to this report Columbia isn't one of the 16 US cities where poverty is growing the fastest.

http://www.businessinsider.com/conce...ca-2014-8?op=1
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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According to this report Columbia isn't one of the 16 US cities where poverty is growing the fastest.

Concentrated Poverty In America - Business Insider
Wow, the Carolinas were certainly overrepresented on this unfortunate list.
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Columbia's security cameras are paying off. The city is adding 80 cameras to its current 250.

South Carolina: #5 Most Dangerous State 2014 | Law Street (TM)
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:12 PM
 
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Wow, the Carolinas were certainly overrepresented on this unfortunate list.
Yeah, I was very surprised to see NC's four largest metros make that list.
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