Organization to help Columbia manage traffic issue
COLUMBIA - An outside organization will come to Columbia to help the city manage its downtown traffic problem.
The city is one of 14 applicants which nonprofit Smart Growth America chose to get a technical assistance workshop. According to the city's website, Columbia will receive assistance from national experts on "smart growth parking audits" as a way to manage the parking issue downtown.
Local resident Lori Richardson, who has lived in Columbia for 17 years, said she sees only one real way to manage the parking problem.
"It's a big town, you've got lots of people in this town. You almost have to have a parking structure of some sort, and more than one. You're going to have to have different ones on different ends of the main street and everything along that line. I don't think you can do it just with parking spots on ground level."
At the same time, Richardson said her view is not shared by everyone.
"You know, a lot of people in the community don't care for the sight of parking structures, so there's a lot that can be done in every way," she said.
The workshop is scheduled for next year.