Hollywood Park gets renovations from within the community

Hollywood Park is dying. The playground needs to be replaced and the trees are dead. But, help is coming and from much closer than expected. Todd Martin has worked on parks before, but this time it’s just around the corner.

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Break-ins have Avenues residents keeping a close eye on things

Following dozens of car break-ins, residents of Cayce’s Avenues neighborhood are taking steps to protect themselves. While homeowners say it’s still safe, they’re now keeping porch lights on and locking car doors on advice from police.

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Facade program improves North Main storefronts, community morale

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.

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Olympia residents harvest more than fresh produce from new garden

Olympia’s Organic Hope garden grew from an unlikely partnership. It’s provided the community with produce and more since May. But now it’s choked with weeds, and the woman behind it says it might be time for change. By Andrew Moore Nov. 6, 2015 Once an empty field in Olympia, Organic Hope community garden is completing… Read More Olympia residents harvest more than fresh produce from new garden

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‘West Vista’ seeing slow but steady revival as other shops join restaurants

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.

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Back to basics approach brings success to 5th Avenue Deli and owner Scott Mechling

Scott Mechling opened 5th Avenue Deli with a simple objective: Serve quality food while providing quality service. Mechling has done just that and found success along Rosewood when some businesses have struggled and closed.

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New faces fill The Avenues in Cayce, W. Columbia

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.

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Character education introduces Olympia students to life’s lessons

Learning about life is just as important as core classes at Olympia Learning Center, an alternative school for students expelled from their home schools. Small-group discussions introduce students to those skills and help make them better citizens.

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Neighborhood residents want more for Hyatt Park

Columbia’s Hyatt Park could be so much more than what it is today, residents of the surrounding neighborhood say. They want renovations at the 11.5-acre park in North Columbia, and they’re upset at what they say have been the city’s broken promises.

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Developer: Tax rules hinder Curtiss-Wright Hangar restoration

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.

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