Progress 2013

YEARS OF PROGRESS: Columbia works to balance population, infrastructure

The Missourian profiled how Columbia has developed in recent years, what issues the city has faced and how growth has affected members of the community.

Moving past recession, developer Fred Overton puts subdivisions on the map

In the past 10 years, land developer Fred Overton has watched housing sales boom and bust. As the market recovers from the recent recession, he's regaining ground while clawing his way through the obstacles to a full recovery.

Jim Shaw fights to keep rural lifestyle as city growth surrounds his farm

Late last year, the Boone County Regional Sewer District used eminent domain to acquire just under 20 acres of land from cattle farmer Jim Shaw. It will be used for a water treatment plant.

Teacher Beth Newton takes classroom technology to a new level

Beth Newton incorporates iPads, laptops, a SMART Board, electronic probes and cameras into classroom to help transform the way her students learn.

For more than 75 years, Ernie's Cafe has built success on consistency

Ernie's Cafe & Steak House has kept its same, consistent diner theme since it opened in 1934 and is still enjoyed by regulars, generations of downtown customers and newcomers alike.

Downtown Columbia is canvas for third-generation builder

Tony Grove's appreciation for downtown Columbia inspires him to work toward diversifying apartments to attract folks of different ages and backgrounds.

Psychology professor Kenneth Wang has spent a lifetime adjusting to change

An assistant professor in the MU Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, Kenneth Wang cultivates a global perspective in his classes, introducing Americans to cultural experiences or easing the transition for international students.

Cardiologist brings latest heart-mapping system to Boone Hospital

Jason Rytlewski is an electrophysiologist and cardiologist at Missouri Heart Center who performs procedures at Boone Hospital Center. He brought advanced heart mapping technology and specialized training to treat heart conditions the hospital could not handle before his arrival.

As MU and Columbia grow, developers say city's infrastructure lags

The construction of new housing and parking complexes pepper downtown Columbia, but this new growth comes at a cost to the city's aging infrastructure.

City expects to see most growth in east, southwest areas

Columbia's east and southwestern neighborhoods, especially ones with existing infrastructure, are expected to expand greatly in the next 20 years.

City has seen development, growth in past decade

About 50 housing developments have been built in Columbia since 2002.

GRAPHIC: Overview of Columbia's growth

Columbia and Boone County experienced steady growth until the economic recession in 2008.

Columbia in path of long-awaited expansion of Interstate 70

Interstate 70 is in disrepair and needs to be updated – it was built in the '50s and '60s and only expected to last into the 1980s – but there's no agreement on how to fund the renovation.

Local housing industry shows signs of bouncing back

Home sales in 2012 were the highest since 2007, and those in the housing industry say Columbia has reached a place of steady, healthy growth.

Columbia hospitals expand in recent years

MU Health Care, Boone Hospital Center and Truman Veterans Hospital have spent about $347.5 million on new parking garages, technology, lobbies, exteriors and towers.

MU faces big decisions with budget crunch ahead

An expected decline in enrollment growth, plus the limitations of space on campus, could limit the stream of tuition that has counterbalanced shrinking state funds.

Columbia Public Schools still playing catch-up with growth spurt

From 2003 to 2013, the district grew from 16,447 students to 17,722 students. The largest growth period occurred from 2004 to 2007.

City efforts on solar energy put Columbia on the map

A partnership between the city and a private firm to install solar arrays at the city-owned COLT Railroad facility has led to the largest solar site in Missouri. The rooftop installation is also the largest in the eight contiguous states.

Along with new wells, city plans to step up water conservation

Water and Light and H2O'C engineers hope to convince residents that water is not an infinite resource and teach easy ways to conserve water and save money.