Changing CoMo: Timeline Traces Efforts to Beautify Columbia

4 years 1 week 4 days ago Monday, May 12 2014 May 12, 2014 Monday, May 12, 2014 7:18:00 AM CDT May 12, 2014 in News
By: Sam Hustis and Catie Laylin, KOMU 8 Digital Content Specialists

COLUMBIA - Recently, we asked viewers their opinions on Columbia's efforts to beautify the city over the past few years.  Many of these efforts have to do with The University of Missouri's move to the Southeastern Conference in late 2011.

Results were mixed.

"SEC games will bring in lots of folks from all over. Having plenty of shopping and restaurants will help the local economy," said one female respondent, age 31-40.

A man in the same age range said, "Many places the campus looks much better than the rest of the city. Schools in the south are typically thought of as much more aesthetically pleasing than more northern schools and their cities match up to the standard. Columbia has a ways to go in that department."

Several respondents said their should be other priorities.

"Why throw money away when the money can be better spent on infrastructure and law enforcement?," said one man, age 41-55 said.

A woman, age 31-40, said "The city should focus on adding more police and making it safer! A prettier city means nothing if shootings and violence runs rampant! It is ridiculous that Columbia is so vain that looks would outweigh safety!"

KOMU 8 News created the timeline below to highlight beautification efforts in Columbia

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