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    Columbia South Carolina

    Hello all,

    Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on Columbia South Carolina. I have heard that the city is undergoing somewhat of a renaissance. Are there nice older suburbs? Are the people generally welcoming to northerners? Are the summers bearable?

    Thanks for any input you may have.

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    My birthplace - yes, the inner-ring suburban neighborhoods of the city are doing very well. Especially along Rosewood - where a friend lives & the mill towns such as Olympia.

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    Lived there for about two years late 90"s, just west of 5 points. It has two componants that makes for great opportunity--State Capital and Big College town.

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    The only thing I am qualified to comment on is the summer weather. I live in the Upstate area about 90 mins north of Columbia. It's hot and it's humid. High 90's and 70% humidity is not uncommon. In late July and August we get treated to regular afternoon thunderstorms and rain and the occasional sidesweep of a hurricane bringing lots of rain and wind depending on how close it gets. I'm moving to NJ a the end of summer trading heat, humidity and torrential rain for cold. Can't wait!
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    Quote Originally posted by Bill
    Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on Columbia South Carolina. I have heard that the city is undergoing somewhat of a renaissance. Are there nice older suburbs? Are the people generally welcoming to northerners? Are the summers bearable?
    We took a detour through downtown Columbia on the way home yesterday. The downtown is beautiful, with trees and historic buildings everywhere. The city must have just completed a massive streetscape project, as many of the downtown streets had new brick pavers, benches and other street furniture. There was some kind of festival going on along the riverfront just west of downtown and there were tons of people walking along a path next to the river. Downtown was completely desolate (it was Sunday), comprised mostly of offices and banks. The blocks surrounding downtown in all directions were dead zones filled with more offices and parking lots. There appeared to be a few nice historic residential neighborhoods beyond these blocks.

    We could not find a coffee shop that was open anywhere within the central city. The "ambassadors" could not think of one nearby either.

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    Quote Originally posted by Bill
    Hello all,

    Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on Columbia South Carolina. I have heard that the city is undergoing somewhat of a renaissance. Are there nice older suburbs? Are the people generally welcoming to northerners? Are the summers bearable?

    Thanks for any input you may have.
    People in Columbia like northerners who are not taxing loving socialists. Many northerners who relocate to the southeast are trying to escape the confiscatory taxation levels of the northeast. However, if you are a leftwinger, you will not be welcomed in Columbia. Don't go there, they don't want you...I know i don't. The summers in Columbia are hot, but unless you work outdoors in the summer, it's not a big deal. And winters are very mild. You can play golf year round. The renaisannce in Columbia is somewhat overstated...they converted some old warehouse buildings downtown into some restaurants and bars.

    Quote Originally posted by jmello
    We took a detour through downtown Columbia on the way home yesterday. The downtown is beautiful, with trees and historic buildings everywhere. The city must have just completed a massive streetscape project, as many of the downtown streets had new brick pavers, benches and other street furniture. There was some kind of festival going on along the riverfront just west of downtown and there were tons of people walking along a path next to the river. Downtown was completely desolate (it was Sunday), comprised mostly of offices and banks. The blocks surrounding downtown in all directions were dead zones filled with more offices and parking lots. There appeared to be a few nice historic residential neighborhoods beyond these blocks.

    We could not find a coffee shop that was open anywhere within the central city. The "ambassadors" could not think of one nearby either.
    There is a Starbucks in Five Points. You didn't look very hard.

    Quote Originally posted by kjelsadek
    The only thing I am qualified to comment on is the summer weather. I live in the Upstate area about 90 mins north of Columbia. It's hot and it's humid. High 90's and 70% humidity is not uncommon. In late July and August we get treated to regular afternoon thunderstorms and rain and the occasional sidesweep of a hurricane bringing lots of rain and wind depending on how close it gets. I'm moving to NJ a the end of summer trading heat, humidity and torrential rain for cold. Can't wait!

    The thunderstorms in the summer are brief, and they actually lower the temperature...natural air conditioning. Have fun in New Jersey. You are actually trading heat and humidity for more than just cold weather. You also will get high cost of living, high taxes and bad traffic.
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    Off-topic: you need to learn how to not do multiple, consecutive posts!

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    Off-topic: you need to learn how to not do multiple, consecutive posts!
    Off topic...you need to learn how not to bitch about trivial things.

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    Quote Originally posted by Clemson Grad
    Off topic...you need to learn how not to bitch about trivial things.
    Trying to be nice, here...since a mod is going to come in and merge your posts, and warn you, unless you're suspended first!

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    Trying to be nice, here...since a mod is going to come in and merge your posts, and warn you, unless you're suspended first!
    It seemed to me that you were the one not being civil. Your post had no useful content. I'm sure that I will be suspended, but for a different reason...I'm a conservative in a forum featuring mostly leftwingers who seem rather intolerant of conservatives.

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    Quote Originally posted by Clemson Grad
    It seemed to me that you were the one not being civil. Your post had no useful content. I'm sure that I will be suspended, but for a different reason...I'm a conservative in a forum featuring mostly leftwingers who seem rather intolerant of conservatives.
    Get a clue, dumba$$; I'm a fairly conservative Southerner and they've been very nice to me. You are making useless attacks.

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    I know I probably have no business in this thread. But, I've always wondered about Columbia...seems pretty nice and compact. Although in my mind, and I think around the rest of the nation...much of the attention gets diverted to Greenville/Spartanburg, as well as Charleston. Columbia is kind of under-rated in my mind.

    I also think it is one of a few places in South Carolina (correct me if I'm wrong) that actually voted Democrat (although slightly) in the last two elections.

    And Clemson Grad...I am an NRA-card carrying, registered Republican and feel very comfortable and welcome here and can usually conduct civil debates with most everyone here. There are also a few other staunch conservatives on this fourm who I'm sure feel the same way. And there are plenty of moderates on here, covering the entire political spectrum. I'm sorry, but when you get suspended/banned it'll be nobody's fault but your own.
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    Quote Originally posted by Clemson Grad
    People in Columbia like northerners who are not taxing loving socialists. Many northerners who relocate to the southeast are trying to escape the confiscatory taxation levels of the northeast.
    I'm getting red flag notices from both sides here, so ....



    I'm going to shut this thread down for a day or so, until the smoke clears.





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    Quote Originally posted by illinoisplanner
    I know I probably have no business in this thread. But, I've always wondered about Columbia...seems pretty nice and compact. Although in my mind, and I think around the rest of the nation...much of the attention gets diverted to Greenville/Spartanburg, as well as Charleston. Columbia is kind of under-rated in my mind.

    I also think it is one of a few places in South Carolina (correct me if I'm wrong) that actually voted Democrat (although slightly) in the last two elections.

    And Clemson Grad...I am an NRA-card carrying, registered Republican and feel very comfortable and welcome here and can usually conduct civil debates with most everyone here. There are also a few other staunch conservatives on this fourm who I'm sure feel the same way. And there are plenty of moderates on here, covering the entire political spectrum. I'm sorry, but when you get suspended/banned it'll be nobody's fault but your own.
    Yah, i'm not being civil to people who call conservatives in the south backward and stupid. You seem to have no problem with that despite your claim that you are a good litttle Republican. I think somebody might be lying. You don't have to be in the NRA to be a Republican, so i do think it's probable that you are a leftwinger if you operate on that type of silly stereotype and you attack me for responding to leftwingers who attack conservatives in the south.

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    Thread opened. Clemson Grad has been banned. Please try to continue the discussion in a civil manner.

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    Moving to Columbia, SC

    I'm moving to Columbia, SC soon. I got feeling lonely and freezing in the mountains of North Carolina.

    Request: please don't ban any members. Once a member is banned they may never come back to the same forum. You should try to work it out some other way, not by banning. Banning creates enemies, not friends. Banning is easy. Getting everyone together (again) is hard.

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