Map mania, gawkers welcome

Calling all history and map lovers! The city of Columbia offers more than nine pages of maps and visual information. Take a peek and let me know what maps you found the most fun and informative. You can take a look at a street map of Columbia’s brick streets, a map of Columbia’s historical properties…

A 1994 view of East Campus

On Monday, Columbia City Council OK’d the creation of a new East Campus neighborhood association. But on this website, I like to look into the past. Here’s a report from February 1994 that will let you take a peek at the past in the East Campus area. The document includes a 1931 map of the…

$1 billion in economic activity generated by historic preservation

Tax credits, including tax credits for historic preservation, have come under fire from time to time. However, a recent newspaper article on historic preservation states, “Preserving historic buildings over the past decade has, directly and indirectly, accounted for more than $1 billion in economic activity in Columbia and helped to create thousands of jobs…” The…

Money matters: Meeting on benefits of historic preservation

A billion, with a B. That’s how much historic preservation in Missouri contributes to the state’s gross state product  according to a 2002 by the Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University. Now, the city of Columbia is inviting the public to look over a study designed to tabulate how much local historic preservation benefits the city’s economy….

Teachers: There’s history in bricks and mortar

One of the things I love about learning about Columbia and Boone County’s historic places is finding new ways to use this information. This article notes that teachers can use historic places such as those in Columbia and Boone County to teach history. A walk through downtown Columbia would allow teachers to discuss the importance…

$15 million – Columbia’s Lucky Number

When Missouri’s legislature adjourned this spring it left intact the state’s Historic Tax Credit Program. Of course, the fight may not be over, the Missouri Preservation notes on its website. Missouri Preservation notes the tax credit program can be thanked for roughly 43,000 jobs, $670,000 million in taxes and $2.9 billion in private investment, according…

Economic Impact of Historic Preservation

The reality of life is that money is finite. There’s not always enough money to do what we’d like to do. However, a 2001 study conducted by Rutgers indicates historic renovation is economically beneficial. The report on the study notes in 2000, an estimated $310 million was spent on historic properties. This yielded “8,060 jobs;…