Delegates from Hakusan City prepare to cut the ribbon on a new exhibit displaying photos and gifts sent from Hakusan City on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. The gifts are given in a formal exchange between Columbia and Hakusan City with each delegation visit.
Columbia shares connections with many international cities, including its sister city of Hakusan City in Japan.
City officials welcomed delegates this week from Columbia’s sister city Hakusan City in Japan. The visit commemorated the 25th anniversary of the relationship between the two cities. City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe and Chairman Fukuda Hiroshi each gave a speech renewing the commitment between the two cities and exchanged gifts from each locality.
The Columbia City Council voted to not pass a bill to rezone 1.39 acres on the corner of Providence Road and East Broadway to build a CVS pharmacy Monday evening. The pharmacy would have consisted of a 13,000 square foot building, drive-thru pharmacy, 65 parking spaces, and more efficient sidewalks along Broadway.
Resident Rosie Gerding expressed her thoughts on the suburban look of the pharmacy would bring to the downtown area.
Most of downtown Columbia is zoned for "central business." But the same zone that lets developers build small boutiques with loft apartments lets in huge, disruptive housing complexes like the Brookside Apartments.
Supporters of Barbara Hoppe congratulated her for her victory in the 6th ward council race at her watch party in downtown Columbia. After hearing the final results, Hoppe said her victory shows what kind of campaign the citizens want.