Howard Hunt finds the artist in everyone at Elmwood Park studio

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.

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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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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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Preservationists divided on saving old State Mental Hospital

Preservation organizations are divided on what parts of and how much of the old State Mental Hospital on Bull Street they want to fight to save. It doesn’t look, however, that much will be done to preserve the memories of the patients at was once called the state’s lunatic asylum. One historian thinks the site… Read More Preservationists divided on saving old State Mental Hospital

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W. Columbia still hopes to develop ‘the pit’

By Jared Owenby July 19, 2013 When he looks out the windows of his restaurant, Terra chef and owner Mike Davis doesn’t see the grand complex that was supposed to be the Meeting Street gateway to West Columbia. Instead, he sees a four-acre lot that remains an eyesore, where patches of grass grow and water… Read More W. Columbia still hopes to develop ‘the pit’

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