COLUMBIA — The community around Douglass Park and other Columbia residents are invited to a public meeting tonight to discuss issues and recent events involving the First Ward. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Douglass Park pavilion.
Former First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton said the meeting is intended to allow people to get together and discuss potential solutions to common problems. Those include:
- Crime in the area.
- Plans to demolish the pedestrian overpass over Providence Road.
- The potential displacement of public housing residents. The Columbia Housing Authority has recently been working with consultants on a plan to renovate downtown public housing and to develop affordable housing elsewhere in the central city.
- A lack of jobs and resources for First Ward residents who continue to struggle financially.
Crayton has invited public officials and candidates for public office to attend the event. She said organizers plan to record the meeting and send copies of that recording to officials who are not there.