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Corridor Plan Update

The Loop Community Improvement District is in the process of developing a master plan for the Business Loop Corridor. Our goal is to beautify and enhance the public space along the street in a way that will increase economic activity, improve the infrastructure, and create a street that is more […]

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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 […]

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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, “There is no there there.” Public spaces are taken for granted in a downtown area, where parks and […]

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2017 Annual Report

The Business Loop Community Improvement District is pleased to present our 2017 Annual Report. We’ve got big plans for the corridor and this year has brought some good news to help us achieve those goals. Property values have increased, largely due to property owners who are confident enough in the […]

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What We Get When We Embrace the Artisans

The multi-year process of rewriting the city’s development code caused a significant amount of sturm und drang, especially among the downtown folks, but here on Business Loop, we saw some new avenues open up. Under the new codes, activities on mixed-use corridors such as ours have been expanded to include uses previously […]

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Loop Board Meeting

The Loop Community Improvement District Board of Directors Meeting 601 Business Loop 70 W #128 Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:00 am – 9:00 am (This is a week earlier than our regular meeting date so that we can spend the holidays with our families.) Approval of Minutes Approval of Financials […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How do you get around town?

How do you get around town? What would make it easier for you to walk, bike, or ride the city bus? How safe do you feel when you’re traveling through town? PedNet Coalition is doing a community survey on how people travel in Columbia, and wants to hear from you. Offer your […]

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Third Ave. Lane closure on 10/12

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 a.m., Seth Paul Excavating plans to begin repairing a sewer lateral near 108 Third Ave. This will result in a lane closure of Third Avenue between N. Providence Road and Grand Avenue. The work associated with the closure is scheduled to be completed by […]

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Small Business Expo 2017

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s 12th annual Small Business Exposition comes to Parkade Plaza on October 11. Tour dynamic displays featuring local small businesses with 25 or fewer full-time employees. This event will be promoted via newspaper, radio and social media. It’s a great opportunity to get your business out […]

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