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St. Andrews Road Corridor of Columbia Undergoing Changes

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St. Andrews ripe for a makeover
The once-thriving suburb is showing its age

May 18, 2008

By Dawn Hinshaw And Clif LeBlanc – The State

Tiffany Barber is a 28-year-old telecommuter who works from her home in St. Andrews, using a personal computer, a laptop and an extra phone line.

Barber and husband, Josh, are part of a new trend: Young families moving to aging suburbs close to downtown, allowing them to raise their kids in subdivisions like the ones where they grew up.

“We never knew this neighborhood existed,” said Barber, who got a deal on a 1,900-square-foot house in Woodland Hills that her husband renovated before they moved in. “It’s our own little hidden paradise.”

The Barbers represent the future of the St. Andrews Road corridor, the affluent edge of Columbia in the 1970s.

Without young, new homeowners like the Barbers, growth and the attention of local governments will continue to focus on glossy new suburbs rippling toward Lake Murray.

St. Andrews is not alone. Other “first-ring” Columbia suburbs are trying to re-create themselves as well. Like St. Andrews, their success — or failure — in securing a better future will help determine the future of the metro area’s overall health.

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