Favorite thing: The downtown skyline is not overwhelming and awe-inspiring, like others I've seen, but it does have an interesting mix of older buildings with intricate architectural details, and newer buildings, like the one in the background of this photo, the SouthTrust Bank corporate headquarters, the tallest building in the state.
Favorite thing: Columbia's downtown is well worth a visit, but I couldn't help but think that it has even more potential. While walking along Main Street, it's hard not to imagine what it could be like with a little infusion of money. There are many beautiful, old buildings that are in states of disuse or that are only half filled with what appear to be struggling businesses.
However, if I were to venture a guess, I'd say that within the next few years, more and more of these structures will be revitalized.
Favorite thing: One would not expect to see too many skywalks in Columbia because the weather is milder here than many cities in the winter. (Minneapolis, noted for its cold weather, is a city literally connected by skywalks.) There are several here, but the one pictured is the longest and most attractive in my opinion.
Look what escaped from the zoo!!
Favorite thing: Hide all the women and children!!!! A wild and possibly dangerous VTer is on the loose in Columbia!
Nah, that's just the relatively harmless b1bob posing on the State House grounds in front of a statue of Strom Thurmond. As you can see, Nat is posing to emulate the late South Carolinian Senator and Governor. In fact, now that I take a closer look, there is a striking resemblance between the two. Oh my goodness, could it be? Is Nat the latest love child of Strom and another one of his maids?! Hmmm, if their political ideology is a measure of their possible familial relation, then it's a no brainer. Nat is definitely Strom Thurmond's love child. You heard it hear first.
Columbia's social gathering point
Favorite thing: Finlay Park located on the edge of downtown, not only provides excellent views of downtown, it also is a great gathering place for locals. Last time I was there, it was a warm day in early spring. In fact it was the first 80+ degree day of the year, and the sunny skies really brought out the crowds. It was also Kids Day, which had the park packed with little ones and big ones alike all having a great time. Every time I've been in Columbia, Finlay Park has been a rather happening place.
It's Dull in Hell
Favorite thing: I have nothing positive to say about Columbia. I think it is a waste of space and should be annexed to Georgia or something. The people walk around the town like zombies and they are never willing to talk to anyone.
Fountain at Finlay Park
Favorite thing: The fountain at Finlay Park is intriguing because it looked rather like a screw that gets wider at the base, a very unusual fountain that adds to the uniqueness of the park.
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