Columbia named one of the top 10 best places to live

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 | 9:06 p.m. CDT; updated 4:15 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 1, 2008

COLUMBIA — Columbia is one of the top 10 towns to live in, according to Outside Magazine. The outdoors publication named Columbia the No. 10 best place to live in its August issue.

The magazine publishes the list every year with a different theme. This year the theme was “civic renovation.”

Other towns joining Columbia on the list are Washington, D.C; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Ogden, Utah; Portsmouth, N.H.; Tacoma, Wash.; Ithaca, N.Y.; Louisville, Ken.; Eureka, Calif.; and Crested Butte, Colo.

“It was interesting to see how they felt about things that we take for granted, like trails,” said Carrie Gartner, director of the special business district.

Outside is an outdoors magazine that focuses on outdoor activities like biking and kayaking, as well as travel.

The article cited many of Columbia’s amenities such as restaurants, outdoor activities, festivals and entertainment.

“Most of the things they mentioned happen in the downtown area,” Gartner said. “Without The District we would be like any other town and that doesn’t get you put on lists.”

The magazine also mentioned Columbia’s many parks, as well as the MKT trail and the Missouri River.

Restaurants mentioned include Sycamore and Shakespeare’s Pizza.

Gartner thinks that lists help Columbia’s image. “It helps with the buzz, the more lists you appear on, the more people think about you,” she said.

A major point mentioned in the article was the True/False Film Festival, which the magazine called “an annual documentary film festival that draws international raves and is at the forefront of Columbia’s creative revival.”

All in all, Gartner was pleased with the image the magazine painted of Columbia. “They have some great points about us being an up-and-coming small town.”

This isn’t the only list that has mentioned Columbia. Forbes recently named Columbia the fourth best small place for business and careers.

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