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Old 11-03-2012, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by dpatt.marine1 View Post
Greenville is above the Augusta tier, but Columbia to tell you the truth is not much higher than Augusta, the only thing it has on Augusta is 3 interstates to Augusta's 1, a larger research university, which GHSU and ASU have formed, a mighty fine zoo which I have to say, and the title of state capital. If Augusta had 3 interstates and a slightly larger Airport it would trump Columbia.
Have to disagree here. It's funny that you readily concede that Greenville is above Augusta but that Columbia isn't much higher than Augusta when Columbia beats Greenville on most metrics (educational attainment, per capita/household income, GDP, etc.). Even with three interstates and a larger airport, I doubt Augusta would trump Columbia. Columbia would still be the state capital and centrally located to the state, which is why it's home to a lot of supporting industries (i.e., law firms) and cultural institutions (i.e., SC Philharmonic, state museum, SC Shakespeare Company, state library, etc.). It also has a notable FIRE sector, being home to Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, Colonial Life, SC Bank and Trust, First Citizens Bank, AgFirst, etc. and a F1000 company (SCANA). And it's not the fact that Columbia is simply home to a large research university; it's the state's flagship university and has been firmly planted in the city for over two centuries. I'm glad Augusta is getting a comprehensive research university, but you can't overcome the advantage that a city like Columbia has had in having one for over 200 years in just 10 years or so.

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Old 11-03-2012, 10:48 PM
Location: Savannah GA
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In case anybody missed it, this is a very exciting project for te Savannah area and a good example of how local transportation planners are moving ahead DESPITE the failure of TSPLOST.


My main hope is that the state commits the funds to repairing and widening the I-16 and 516 corridors, which were part of the TSPLOST and still top priorities.
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Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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