City Manager Mike Matthes is pushing, carefully but determinedly, creation of a huge TIF district to generate the funds that would allow growth to resume in the heart of Columbia. As any good politician would, he made a low-key pitch for his idea while appearing open to other approaches and moving to pre-empt the most obvious objections.
The task force decided, by consensus, to launch its work by bringing to the Sept. 11 meeting proposed research questions that will be organized and prioritized for attention.
The most important change to come from Monday's City Council meeting might be the reworking of the city bus routes to serve more of the city for more hours of the day.
When compared to the other four Missouri cities with more than 100,000 residents, it turns out that Columbia's crime rate last year was below St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield and tied with Independence.
During public hearings, physicians, patients insured and uninsured, hospital managers, disability advocates and at least one preacher variously pleaded, reasoned or argued that expanded Medicaid coverage would yield great benefits at reasonable cost.
The previous outsiders holding the job did not leave much of a legacy when they departed.
New report paints a dire picture of the state of the environment, so what should City Council's move be on natural gas vehicles?
Even in a community with a citizenry that’s often engaged, most people are too caught up in trying to make a living to spend much time or energy on something as abstract as a master plan.
City officials have a variety of solutions for a perceived violence problem, but they might be overreacting. News coverage, especially on television, can make a crime ripple seem like a wave.
It’s the ability to find joy in roles that most of us would find burdensome that makes these three men so memorable.
Monday's City Council meeting showed elected officials at their best. The next day, a Columbia lawmaker couldn't find much to praise about the General Assembly's recent session.
With only three flights each day, the Columbia Regional Airport is capable of accommodating its passengers without the addition of a multimillion-dollar terminal.
The combination of opportunities missed, problems not addressed and unconstitutional pandering made this legislative session one of the worst in recent memory.
The plan "Columbia Imagined" is intended to guide the city's growth for the next 20 years. For the plan to be successful, ordinances must be adopted, zoning and land issues must be revised and an engaged citizenry must remain vigilant.
State Sen. Kurt Schaefer's vendetta against agencies that shared information about Missouri gun owners with a federal investigator is something he says is "not at all" about politics.
Mayor Bob McDavid and Councilman Karl Skala are likely to debate issues of "smart" development and infrastructure in Columbia. The Break Time vote is just the beginning.
We shouldn’t rule out the possibility that the reshaped council will, at least occasionally, live up to Columbia’s new official slogan — “What you unexpect.”
Overall, the outcome suggests that the reality of Columbia comes pretty close to the stereotype. That is, we really are an island of progressive blue in a sea of reactionary red.
The choices for mayoral, Third and Fourth ward candidates are clear.
The success of MU mathematics professor Nakhle Asmar, aided by Mayor Bob McDavid, in saving the Niedermeyer building deserves applause.