Charleston is South Carolina’s fastest growing city, but while this historic port town is attracting more tourists than ever, a multitude of problems have risen from increased development and construction, alarming thousands of residents who feel like they no longer have control over the changing face of the city they call home. By Kristina Rackley November… Read More Amid Charleston’s population boom, locals voice concerns over development
Skipp Pearson’s Le Cafe Jazz stands out not only as the renowned saxophonist’s home base but also for its focus on the music. But look at the preliminary renovation plans for Columbia’s Finlay Park. You won’t find the building it now calls home.
Columbia developer Richard Burts has built a reputation taking on projects, such as 701 Whaley and the Palmetto Compress Warehouse, that others said were impossible. Those successes have proved to Burts the value of historic preservation and prompted others to say he really gets it. He talks with us about saving historic Columbia.
The almost $650,000 that Columbia has spent to update the facades of over 24 businesses in the North Main area during the past three years has meant more business for owners like Mark Sills of Angelo’s Zesto and a more livable neighborhood.
After years of watching downtown Columbia’s revival, West Columbia is beginning to see shops move to its side of the Congaree River. The success of restaurants inside the “West Vista” around State and Meeting streets has been vital in attracting those new businesses.
There are a lot of new faces in The Avenues – the neighborhood of tidy homes that blossomed after World War II but struggled in recent years. One expert says its proximity to the University of South Carolina, just across the Congaree River, has a lot to do with the revival.
Columbia’s craft beer scene is scheduled to grow to three breweries by this summer. With less-restrictive rules on serving beer in tasting rooms and possible liberalization of the rules for brewpubs, South Carolina’s craft beer industry is starting to produce economic benefits.
It’s been more than two years since a developer said he wanted to restore the historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Hamilton-Owens Airport. Businessman Scott Linaberry says he’s having trouble securing investors, and he blames the tax code.
Local artist Howard Hunt juggles many roles, among them being a mentor to the students in his “Paint Your Bum Off Wednesday” classes. He helps amateurs and experts alike explore new artistic territory and get their art in the public eye.
Gone is the Whitney Hotel, the Shandon icon that was home away from home to legislators and that was touched by a University of South Carolina athletics scandal. Now converted to the 700 Woodrow apartments, its rehabilitation reflects a larger transformation of the Devine Street commercial district.