Becoming A City
JOIN OUR FRIENDS, BRING BACK THE VISION, FOR A COOL EVENT THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT! READ BELOW FOR DETAILS – VANTAGE HOUSE 7-8:30!
In the fall of 1989, noted architect Roger K. Lewis wrote an article for Columbia Magazine entitled, “Are We A City Yet?”. In it he gives quite a sober assessment, stating, “whenever I come to Columbia, I always think about what’s wrong, what’s missing….I find no ‘there’ there.”
However, Lewis went on to explain that it was still possible to “salvage” downtown. He recommended that we should, “retrofit and infill the town center, adding new buildings with a rich mixture of uses, including housing. Downtown needs more bones and flesh, not just makeup or a face-lift. Only then would downtown Columbia feel like the city center it was intended to be. I could visit and find a ‘there’ there.”
Now, 20 years later, as we are inching closer to realizing our full potential as a city, Lewis is back. THIS WEDNESDAY, our friends Bring Back The Vision are hosting him for a talk entitled, “Becoming a City: Lessons for Downtown Columbia” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Vantage House. It’ll be interesting to hear his thoughts on the current plan which was submitted to the County back in April. We hope to see you all there.