Tuesday letters: Hotel wouldn’t spoil the Vista

July 30, 2013 

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FLANDERS — MCT

— Bo Aughtry’s Friday column, “Columbia mustn’t ease Vista restrictions,” needs a reply. Does the construction of a new hotel on a vacant lot on Gervais Street signal the end of the Vista’s architectural warm fuzziness? Will the presence of a building one story higher than the five-story structures now permitted mean that visitors will no longer frequent this district so vital to Columbia’s economic and social health?

The answer to both is obviously no.

Columbia and its appointed boards and commissions need to encourage business development in commercially oriented areas and disregard the sophistry so prevalent in today’s media. Only in this way can Columbia’s leaders provide jobs and opportunities for a population desperately in need both.

John A. Huffman

West Columbia

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