Loop Corridor Plan Approved

The Loop Corridor Plan is a new vision for the future of the Business Loop, a street which serves as the entrance to Columbia yet has been neglected for decades. The Business Loop Community Improvement District saw the need to improve The Loop’s identity and position within the broader community. […]

Economic Impacts of Roundabouts

Roundabouts are a great way to enhance public space, beautify a street, and create iconic gateways. We’ve established that roundabout are also safer. A traditional intersection has 32 potential vehicle conflicts and 24 pedestrian–vehicle ones. In contrast, a roundabout has only 8 potential vehicle conflicts and 8 pedestrian–vehicle ones. Collisions […]

Corridor Planning Open House

We had a nice crowd at our last open house and we got some great input on the future of the Business Loop. What were people asking for? Sidewalks, crosswalks, bikes lanes, more public space, and some new businesses (local brewery, anyone?).       Our consultants have taken all […]

On the Merits of Roundabouts

I grew up in Orange, California, a city that decided to forgo the traditional town square in favor of a circle. The Orange Circle is a two-lane roundabout surrounding a park and a fountain that was funded, I kid you not, back in 1886 through local bake sales. Every teenager […]

Vacant Lot? More Like a Park in Waiting

One thing we heard loud and clear at our planning open house for The Loop was the desire for more public space. I heard Gertrude Stein paraphrased a number of times as people joked about the Business Loop: “There is no there there.” Public spaces are taken for granted in a downtown […]

Take our online planning survey.

If you weren’t able to make it to our public planning meeting last week, you can still weigh in with our online survey. We’ve placed all the boards from our meeting online so you can review the current conditions of the street and then see some exciting ways other cities […]

Public Planning Meeting

The Loop Corridor Planning process is officially underway and we need your help to create a new vision for the Business Loop. The Loop is one of the most prominent, eclectic, diverse and potentially exciting streets in Columbia. The people, businesses and institutions along The Loop offer so much to Columbia […]

Embracing the “Public” in Public Use

We travel down streets everyday, but rarely do we ask how this messy mix of buildings, people, and infrastructure came to be. Who planned this? Planning used to be fairly straightforward — it came from one person with a vision. A planner would look at a public space, decide the […]

Designing The Loop

In urban development circles, it’s common to talk about public art as a way to create a strong identity for an area. For hundreds of years, cites have placed works of art in their public squares and that tradition continues today. We are certainly considering the role of public art as we […]

Loop Corridor Planning Update

The Loop Board has hired Arcturis Design Collaborative to draft a master Corridor Plan for the Business Loop. They will be teaming up with CBB Engineering and ESS Engineering for the project. The projects they’ve worked on in the past include the Manchester Avenue Streetscape project, the Cape Girardeau Downtown Strategic […]