Is There a "New Life" for Columbia’s Main Street?

The State Newspaper had an article over the weekend with a headline of “Main Street on the cusp of a new life.” Over the last couple of months, I informally polled people that I talked to about their plans to visit Main Street after the Mast General Store opens. Almost everyone said that they are going to give Main Street a chance, but they are still very leary of the homeless situation. A college friend of mine stated that he stopped going downtown, unless he absolutely had to, because of the requests for “handouts.” Yes, he said that he will give downtown “another chance”……but only one chance. I know that it is a sensitive subject, and I’m not sure that there is a right or wrong answer, but Columbia has a big opportunity to turn things around. Do city officials realize that there are people that are only going to give Main Street one chance? Will they change the way they manage the homeless situation as shoppers and visitors increase?

I’m curious to hear what you think. Most of the readers of this website are real estate professionals, with a better understanding of what makes a successful downtown than the average reader of The State. Please post your thoughts by clicking on the “comment” link below this post.


Michael Dodds, MAI, CCIM

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    1. Brantley Clark says:

      I'm hopeful…I would love to see Main Street bustling on the weekends like it is during the weekdays. Although I won't make any promises to visit Main Street at night…