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 Plan Update

We’ve updated the plan based on your feedback. Revised pages below but we recommend downloading and reviewing the entire concept plan as well: Introduction Planning Process Enhancements 1 Enhancements 2 Placemaking Focus Areas Implementation Appendix (partial) The Loop Community Improvement District is in the process of developing a master plan […]

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 […]

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 Hearing on Property Assessment Rate

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUSINESS LOOP COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT PROPERTY ASSESSMENT RATE Notice is hereby given of a public hearing before the Board of the Business Loop Community Improvement District, to be held during their Annual Meeting at their offices at 601 Business Loop 70 W #128, Columbia, […]

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 […]