Columbia, SC — Because I live in West Columbia, I have no voice in the Columbia ballpark debate. However, as we have seen time and time again, working together on a regional approach serves us all more positively. Think the lost opportunity with Southwest Airlines, for instance.
So I am incredulous that there are only two options on the table for the tremendous amount of money this proposed ballpark would cost Columbia taxpayers: the baseball field or nothing.
Why not invest that money in developing our riverfront area in a big way, like Chattanooga? Restaurants, hotels, many more miles of walking and bike paths, a large covered outdoor amphitheater, water park, etc.
Or what about jobs programs for teenagers as alternatives to gangs? Or more work on making Main Street look like a Main Street? The possibilities are numerous.
I think it would take a lot to bring people from Lexington to a Single-A baseball game but not so much to a viable riverfront area in a safe environment.