To Clay Wooten, Columbia’s public art scene left something to be desired. His creation, Rosewood Art Alley, gives “public art” a new meaning, with the people as both the artists and the audience. In fact, he hopes someone will paint over his work.
Earlewood, one of Columbia’s oldest neighborhoods, is working to establish a new sense of community. The neighborhood’s quality of life committee and a bar owner who lives in Earlewood are helping residents get to know each other over a beer.
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.
Hyatt Park is still a work in progress, but Robert Geter says it’s in a much better state now than it was when he arrived as recreation leader in August 2011. After working with police to weed out negative influences, Geter happily looks back at the turnaround in the North Columbia park.
By Deborah Swearingen March 26, 2014 As it celebrates its centennial, Columbia’s Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhood is cultivating a sense of place in the city by working to preserve its history and build community among its residents.
By Damian Dominguez March 20, 2014 The Lamb’s Bread Vegan Cafe is one of the few bright spots on Main Street north of Elmwood Avenue, where vacant lots and “For Lease” signs outnumber businesses. But manager Folami Geter says it might have to move because of high renovation costs, underlining the difficulty of rebuilding such… Read More Vegan restaurant captures North Main’s struggles
It’s time to stop more beer and wine permits from coming into the Hyatt Park-Keenan Terrace neighborhood, say residents who have spent more than a decade fighting off unwanted development. Their latest targets are a pair of small grocery stores. Former neighborhood president Ellen Triplett is leading the charge.
Killingsworth, a women’s home for recovering addicts on Pendleton Street in University Hill, is not widely known to those who frequent the area near USC and Five Points. But while it doesn’t get much attention, the impact on residents is nowhere near small. Women battling addiction use the program to turn their lives around. (Photo:… Read More Killingsworth Home changes lives of women residents
Mix student housing with a historic neighborhood and there’s the potential for lots of housing violations. But University Hill around USC has one of the best records of all those around campus. The secret? A vigilant neighborhood association that does frequent walk-throughs and doesn’t hesitate to let city officials know of any violations. Not… Read More University Hill cracks down on code violations
By Kyle Keck and Danyell Lynn July 25, 2013 When Daniel June walks along Olympia Avenue, he dreads a particular section. Right around the Delaware Street intersection, the sidewalk disappears into a patch of tall grass, and he’s suddenly walking dangerously close to traffic. To make matters worse, that stretch of road wraps around a… Read More Lack of Olympia Avenue sidewalks worries some residents