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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. […]

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Welcoming Artisan Industries

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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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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Central Neighborhood Community Unity Meeting

Central Neighborhood leaders and the City of Columbia will host a Community Unity meeting in the Central Neighborhood on Thursday, May 17, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Banks Ave. The meeting is open to all residents in the Central Neighborhood. The Community Unity meeting […]

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Seeking a Summer Intern

We’re looking for someone to take on a marketing project for The Loop! The project will require writing and interviewing skills, some basic photo skills, and familiarity with a handful of social media platforms. It’s the perfect gig for someone who is looking for experience in strategic communication, marketing, journalism, […]

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Movies in the Park returns May 11

The annual Movies in the Park series is returning to Cosmo Park, 1615 Business Loop 70 W, near Nickell Shelter. Columbia Parks and Recreation shows family-friendly movies monthly on a giant inflatable screen. The first movie of 2018 will be Trolls (PG), starting at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11. […]

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Welcome New Board Members

Congratulations to our incoming board members Ryan Euliss of Boone Electric Cooperative, Linda Schust of Jabberwocky Studios, and Jeff Spencer of Just Jeff’s Street Food. It’s good to have you on board! And big thanks to our outgoing board members, Vicki Kemna, Cris Burnam, and Paul Land. Their work on […]

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Turning Smokestacks into Icons

At a recent conference in Winnipeg I had the pleasure of visiting The Forks, an area located at the junction of two large rivers. The Forks has served as a gathering place for thousands of years and it’s now an active community space with parks, museums, restaurants, and, despite months […]

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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 […]

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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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