North Columbia community “forgotten no more” as revitalization plans take effect

Columbia International University President Mark Smith discusses properties which the school purchased to reduce crime and revitalize the North Columbia area along Monticello Road.
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Columbia International University President Mark Smith discusses properties which the school purchased to reduce crime and revitalize the North Columbia area along Monticello Road.

David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.