In Earlewood, everybody may not know your name – but they’re trying

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.

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Whitney Hotel’s apartment conversion reflects Devine Street revival

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.

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Hyatt Park’s Geter marvels at park’s turnaround

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.

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Hollywood-Rose Hill centennial emphasizes neighborhood’s history

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.

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Vegan restaurant captures North Main’s struggles

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

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Hyatt Park-Keenan Terrace residents clash with groceries over beer, wine permits

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.

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Killingsworth Home changes lives of women residents

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

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Late-night Five Points worker has different view of district’s crime, safety

It’s 3 a.m., and outside the Waffle House on Harden Street in Five Points small groups of men sit on the curb or lean against the restaurant’s wall, laughing and smoking. Inside, cook Tiffany Jones fixes a plate of bacon for a straggling customer. Jones, a third-year social services student at Benedict College and mother… Read More Late-night Five Points worker has different view of district’s crime, safety

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Psychic has been seeing future for 60 years in Columbia

Ms. Millie, whose sign outside her Augusta Road home promises help “with all of your problems,” has been a spiritual adviser in West Columbia for 60 years. Researchers are divided on whether psychic abilities like hers are legitimate. By Alex Buscemi Dec. 5, 2013 Show Ms. Millie your palm for a few minutes – and… Read More Psychic has been seeing future for 60 years in Columbia

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University Hill cracks down on code violations

  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

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