Columbia Explores Growth

9 years 8 months 1 day ago April 05, 2007 Apr 5, 2007 Thursday, April 05 2007 Thursday, April 05, 2007 1:54:21 PM CDT in News

Karl Skala and Jerry Wade called for a closer examination of the pace of growth in the city. The new council members say Columbia needs to slow down and take a good look at the costs and benefits of growth.

Both say they're ready to build Columbia from the inside out, meaning the focus should be on the downtown area first. Skala and Wade liken building Columbia to building a house saying it needs a strong foundation and framework before the rest of the house, or city, can develop.

"We have to make sure that downtown is high on the priority list," Skala said.

Skala believes the center and the foundation for future growth should start with downtown. Some council members say the resources downtown are already in place to be developed like the former home of the 9th Street Bookstore. According to Skala, developers don't need to look on the outskirts of town to develop Columbia.

"If we did that smartly, it could save the developers money, the tax payers money and make us much better off," Skala said.

Many residents voiced the same opinion at the Columbia visionary meeting Wednesday night. Some worry about the long term effects of possible urban sprawl.

"It's difficult to have public transportation going out to the areas that are away from the center of town. You have to have a fairly high density to make public transportation work," said Ben Londeree of the Boone County Smart Growth Coalition.

With forseeable problems such as transportation, citizens rely on the new council to make the right decisions.

"With this council, now, there'll be an attempt to be more responsible in the way growth occurs," Londeree said.

Both Skala and Wade say downtown revitalization will be a lengthy process.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The fourth annual CoMoGives Campaign has some lofty goals for the 2016 holiday season, hoping to raise more... More >>
4 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 2:19:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police grew furry faces during a No Shave November fundraiser to benefit a local children's home. ... More >>
4 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:59:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — A single-car crash left one woman dead on Interstate 70 near Highway 40 and the Midway Travel Center... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:53:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A fatal shooting on Interstate 55 in south St. Louis has forced closure of all southbound... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:35:24 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis-area businessman and three other men will have a hearing Tuesday in federal court... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:24:17 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police officers arrested Edward Rosson Sunday night after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend while holding a machete... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:01:00 PM CST in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A Missouri man is jailed on $500,000 cash bond after being accused of telling co-workers he was... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 12:58:25 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri woman has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and involuntary manslaughter in a... More >>
6 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 12:32:13 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — We are fast-approaching the end of the holiday season and that time of year when some of us... More >>
6 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 12:09:00 PM CST in News
WAYNESVILLE — Pulaski County Sheriff Ronald Long will advise detectives investigating a discovery of an adolescent's remains to close the... More >>
7 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 11:47:16 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The November election put Republicans in full control of a record number of state legislatures around... More >>
7 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 11:10:26 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri System will launch a nationwide search for a new chancellor of the system's flagship... More >>
8 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 10:50:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Over 70 high school students competed Monday at The Missouri Bar's annual "We the People" and "Show Me... More >>
8 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 10:48:00 AM CST in News
FERGUSON (AP) — Residents of Ferguson are getting an update on reforms to the suburban St. Louis city's policing and... More >>
8 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 10:44:38 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Several businesses around Columbia have been recognized by the state of Missouri as designated warming centers. Warming... More >>
11 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 7:44:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA — A project to replace existing water lines in the Gregory Heights neighborhood is set to begin Monday. ... More >>
11 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 7:31:00 AM CST in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Police are investigating the killing of a 23-year-old man in Independence. The Kansas City Star reports... More >>
11 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 7:25:06 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA — John Alspaugh and his family own the Hinkson Creek Farm, including its very popular Christmas tree patch of... More >>
17 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:23:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 39°
7pm 38°
8pm 37°
9pm 37°
10pm 38°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Timeless
6:30p
Family Guy
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Supergirl

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Timeless
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Supergirl
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld