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Old 11-05-2015, 03:07 PM
 
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Now that Five Points seems to have stabilized (i.e. reduced its crime rate) I am wondering if there will be a surge in interest in places like Historic Waverly and Lower Waverly (aka King Park) both of these neighborhoods above and below Gervais Street and east of Harden has always struck me as being undervalued and full of potential.. Housing Stock and vacant lots along with the historic/design review district should make them attractive for redevelopment. The new student housing on Harden @Gervais will hopefully encourage the redevelopment of that intersection and supposedly something is going to be developed across from Food Lion that would add another story or two above those commercial properties...

Ideally they would build a retail space with upper floor parking (with a nice façade like the new Taylor St garage) that fronts directly on to Harden Street in front of the Food Lion Strip..Then Let Food Lion move up there.. tear the old Food Lion down and build underground parking with an apartment building above in the old Food Lion footprint.. The remaining retail strip could remain in tact behind the garage but maybe focus on office or light manufacturing/craft.....You will now have more retail for Five Points to expand up Harden in addition to more residential and office space for the area.
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:41 AM
 
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My wife picked up a couple pizzas and some sort of salad with beets/mozzarella/arugula on Wednesday night on her way home.

She said main street was hopping, tons of folks on the sidewalks and no parking available. It was impressive, and the fact it was a Wednesday evening made it all the better.

The pizza was pretty good. The meat pizza was delicious, but the margaretta pizza was lacking. The salad was excellent. Overall, we would definitely go back. I think it will do a very strong business from the nearby student housing.
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I relocated to Columbia (Lexington) from Charleston (Mount Pleasant) some 5 years ago. At that time, downtown Columbia was the pits and the Vista was shabby. Well let me tell you, I am amazed at how far each has come in the short span of 5 years. How ever and whoever has done it, keep up the good work.
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Old 11-07-2015, 04:21 PM
 
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I may just be other thinking it, but I think Columbia can look dirty at times because of all the power lines downtown and cracked streets and sidewalks. If the power lines were buried or at least cleaned up more, I feel that the city would look drastically better.
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Old 11-07-2015, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston and San Francisco have lots of power poles and lines in some of their most touristy areas, yet they are both beautiful cities by consensus.
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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Charleston and San Francisco have lots of power poles and lines in some of their most touristy areas, yet they are both beautiful cities by consensus.
Those cities are beautiful in spite of the power lines. The architecture and natural settings of both are compensation enough. Most American cities are not so fortunate and need to actually work at being pretty. Burying power lines and streetscaping major intersections downtown would be tremendously helpful in improving Columbia aesthetics.
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Old 11-07-2015, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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It would be helpful for Columbia and for any city, but I find Columbia's natural setting to be beautiful in its own right. Despite its power lines the city has many, many redeeming qualities architecturally and aesthetically in general. That said, I was in Columbia yesterday and I'm disappointed with the too-small scale of the IBM/Flour building compared to Horizon I and the parking garage. Maybe buried power lines and trees will help.
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Old 11-08-2015, 08:46 AM
 
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Those cities are beautiful in spite of the power lines. The architecture and natural settings of both are compensation enough. Most American cities are not so fortunate and need to actually work at being pretty. Burying power lines and streetscaping major intersections downtown would be tremendously helpful in improving Columbia aesthetics.
Thankfully the streetscaping projects are happening and hopefully there will be more to come. Burying power lines is quite expensive so I'm not sure that will be happening on a large scale anytime soon.
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Old 01-03-2016, 07:51 PM
 
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Link?

Nm, found it: Charleston Sports Bar Owner to Open Restaurant and Bar on Columbia’s Main Street - Free-Times.com

SCSUfan, please provide links in your posts when possible.
Is this still happening or is it dead? Has anyone heard anything?

Also, it's hard to believe no one has posted anything in this thread in close to 2 months.....
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Old 01-06-2016, 07:49 AM
 
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It would be helpful for Columbia and for any city, but I find Columbia's natural setting to be beautiful in its own right. Despite its power lines the city has many, many redeeming qualities architecturally and aesthetically in general. That said, I was in Columbia yesterday and I'm disappointed with the too-small scale of the IBM/Flour building compared to Horizon I and the parking garage. Maybe buried power lines and trees will help.


Power Companies et al.. usually run municipalities through the ringer that want to bury their power lines. They usually make the cities pay for it and heap on all kind of "wish list items" and upgrades to their service since they can say.. "well you want it so here is what WE WANT to allow you to do it". All of this makes it expensive. It seems power companies are ambivalent about lines being above or below ground. If they are above.. they are easier for them to access repair etc but they are also subject to damage from wind and vehicles striking poles. Underground they are more protected but often more difficult to access thus why all the additional manholes, vaults and what not which causes the prices to increase. So unless the municipality expects a significant boost in tax revenue from property values increasing because of investment and redevelopment because of the undergrounding.. it usually doesn't happen. In the case of the Vista it did along Gervais St.. but that was because the Vista was basically going to be redeveloped (which it has been) and the burying of the power lines was part of a larger streetscape project.


I remember when it was happening... people were outraged because all they saw was the streets being torn up .. interrupting their community out to Lexington County along with a streetscape and undergrounding of the railroad tracks being done through what was at the time the "skid row" section of the City. No one would argue today that it was a good investment.....
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