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For many years, Warren Funeral Chapel provided a place to hold a funeral as well as body storage and cremation services. However, in late 2008 bankruptcy and lawsuits involving the inappropriate storage of several cadavers led to the closing of the institution.

Warehouse Theatre was founded at Stephens College in 1973, and produces plays for women, by women and about women.

Columbia’s visioning plan is a broad long-term blueprint for the city created by citizens with the help of an outside consulting firm. The plan sets out more than 100 strategies for community improvement in a 255-page report. A Vision Commission was created and has been charged with monitori…

The Underground Cafe was a coffee shop located in downtown Columbia. It closed on June 30, 2010.

Property owners typically pay for improvements on their lots. But owners of commercial property such as shopping centers might be able to get customers to help pay for street projects around the development by asking a circuit court to set up a Transportation Development District, or TDD. If…

True North, formerly known as The Shelter, has been providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault since the 1970s. Services include a 24/7 hot line, an emergency shelter and numerous advocacy and educational programs.

The Tiger Hotel has been a part of Columbia for 82 years, serving the community with its commercial hotel accommodations, architectural style and local historical significance. The 10-story hotel is located in downtown Columbia at 23 S. Eighth St. It has been a hotel, senior citizen home, meeting place and banquet hall. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A campus-based ministry that meets at 7:07 every Saturday night in MU’s Middlebush Auditorium. The Rock was started to help people investigate and experience spirituality in nontraditional ways. It is part of Great Commission Ministries. Its goals are to create church communities and world m…

The Reserve at Columbia is a collegiate apartment complex. It was built in 2000.

Located at 1507 E. Broadway at Hillcrest Hall at Stephens College. It is a fitness center operated by the MU School of Health Professions.

The Blue Note is a music venue on Ninth Street in downtown Columbia. The venue consists of the main stage, a downstairs floor area, a bar area and a more relaxed upstairs sitting area.

Tax-increment financing was authorized by the Columbia City Council in March 2008 as an incentive for development or improvement projects that eliminate blight and create jobs. TIF allows the additional taxes the added property value from improvements would incur to be funneled back into the project itself. However, this also means that the city, county, school district or other taxing entity do not benefit from the increased tax revenue.

The St. Thomas More Newman Center serves as a Catholic Church and a Catholic student center at MU. It attracts both student parishioners from colleges in Columbia and resident parishioners from around the city and region. The first Mass celebrated there was on Dec. 8, 1963.

St. Paul A.M.E. played an influential role in Columbia’s black community, serving both as a religious center and a social center.

When it rains on undeveloped land, the water soaks naturally into the soil. But on land that has been paved over with impervious materials such as concrete, precipitation rushes downhill until it finds a place to go; we call this stormwater runoff. Without proper planning, that runoff can fl…

Located on the ground floor of the east side of MU's Ellis Library, the State Historical Society of Missouri archives art, census data, maps, newspapers, oral history, photographs and manuscripts and assists the public in genealogical and other historical research.

Located at 1817 W. Broadway. It is owned by Shelter Mutual Insurance Co., but is open to the public.