Residents Discuss Future of Columbia Neighborhoods
COLUMBIA--The city of Columbia talked about how to improve neighborhoods at a meeting Wednesday night. The Office of Neighborhood Services held its "Where are we going?" strategic planning" meeting at the Lenoir Community Center. The session focused on building neighborhood morale and how the city can help out.
First ward resident Verna Laboy wants Columbia to remember the central part of the city which can't expand outward as much because infrastructure already surrounds it. Laboy says she does welcome any new neighbors."I personally go door to door and welcome neighbors that I know are new to the neighborhood and introduce myself and invite them over to come sit on my front porch," she said.
A little more than a dozen people showed up to Wednesday's meeting. MU's Larry Dickerson told group members they should be active in their respective neighborhoods. Laboy says the meetings help residents more narrowly define what they want fixed.
"Workshops like this are real important," she said. "You get your focus and how to make it happen."
The Office of Neighborhood Services will hold its next meeting Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Parkade Center on 601 Business Loop 70 W.