downtown columbia

8:19 am
Tue April 29, 2014

The future of downtown development, and Repeal 6214

Intersection with Ward 6 City Councilmember Barbara Hoppe and Tracy Greever-Rice, a former council candidate and community advocate, who helped gather signatures on Repeal 6214.

Columbia’s city clerk has until Tuesday evening to decide whether the petition known as Repeal 6214 has enough signatures and is valid - and whether the city can continue with its plans, approved last March, with the developer the Opus Group. If you’ve been following this story, you know that this is about another student housing complex planned for downtown Columbia. Those in favor of the plan - including the mayor and a majority of city council members - say increasing the housing opportunities and investment downtown is a good thing.

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5:15 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Downtown Columbia businesses vandalized

Lakota was vandalized early Friday morning. Vandals smashed the windows and threw paint on the coffee shop's awning.
Credit Hope Kirwan / KBIA


Lakota Coffee on 9th street was vandalized around 1:45 a.m. on April 18.

The vandal broke the glass in the front door and both front windows. They also threw red oil paint across Lakota's awning.

General Manager Andrew Ducharme says police were dispatched to the store after a 9-1-1 call came in just before 4:00 a.m.

"It's just sad that somebody decided to vandalize downtown," Ducharme said. "Coffee Zone got hit last week, we got hit this week. Hopefully the police can get out on the street and stop whoever it is."

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9:57 am
Fri April 4, 2014

New hotel opens in downtown Columbia

The Broadway
Credit The Broadway

A new downtown hotel has formally opened its doors in Columbia.

The Broadway, a project four years in the making, celebrated its grand opening Wednesday with a ribbon cutting. The ceremony had members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce as well as representatives from Hilton. The hotel has 114 rooms as well as a restaurant and rooftop bar offering panoramic views of Columbia.

The hotel was designed with Columbia in mind as ownership hopes it attracts local residents to The Broadway.

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8:53 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Task force discusses funding for downtown Columbia infrastructure improvements

Downtown Columbia
Credit KBIA File Photo / KBIA

The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council formed a task force at their meeting Tuesday night. Its goal is to help City Council find the most appropriate way to fund necessary infrastructure improvements in downtown Columbia. While City Council will take the advice into account, they are feeling the pressure to make decisions now.

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9:16 am
Thu October 17, 2013

What I've learned from leading walking tours (and why I hope you'll come)

Tour materials lay scattered on ColumbiaFAVS editor Kellie Kotraba's floor in preparation for a walking tour of downtown houses of worship.
Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values

Note: Kellie Kotraba is the editor of Columbia Faith & Values (, which runs KBIA's Faith & Values desk. 

When I accepted my job, I didn’t realize “tour guide” would be part of the job description. But here I am, preparing to lead a tour of some of Columbia’s downtown houses of worship. And it’s not the first time, either.

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8:58 am
Thu July 18, 2013

MU faculty, associates push for clear plan to return museum to downtown

Credit Janet Saidi / KBIA News

MU faculty, Columbia residents and museum associates continue to express their concern about MU’s lack of timeline for returning the Museum of Art and Archaeology back to the downtown area. The museum, currently housed in Pickard Hall, is moving to Mizzou North, or the old Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

The move is part of the Renew Mizzou renovation project, which will also displace the Museum of Anthropology at Swallow Hall. 

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9:57 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Vintage arcade reopens in Columbia under new owner

Popular games, such as the golf game GoldenTee Live catch the eye upon entering Gunther's Games.
Credit Casey Morell / KBIA

In a room with a checkered floor that glows eerily under blacklights, games ranging from Pac-Man to newer, shooter games line the walls.

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Arts and Culture
8:43 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Niedermeyer fate sparks conversation about CoMo's C-2 zoning

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Although the historic Niedermeyer house likely will remain standing, the ordeal sparked a city-wide conversation about historic preservation, zoning and development.  North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association gathered Monday night to discuss changes they would like to see for the city’s zoning ordinances.  Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes asked the group to prepare their thoughts about C-2, commercial zoning in the central business distr

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4:48 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Early homecoming football game may impact downtown Columbia businesses

Karen Mitchell KBIA Sports Extra

MU's morning homecoming football game this weekend may have a negative economic impact on downtown Columbia businesses.

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9:39 am
Wed June 20, 2012

'Columbia Imagined' forum focuses on downtown 'density'

Columbia's community development team members say they will work to set a clearer definition of the term "density" as it refers to growth downtown.

The “density” of Columbia’s downtown areas was a key topic emerging from the fourth phase of the city’s public-input program known as “Columbia Imagined.” A slightly smaller crowd than usual gathered at Columbia city hall last night (Tuesday) to discuss the fourth phase of the planning program. Called “Where are we headed?” the discussion drew Columbia community development planners and a crowd of about 20 participants to discuss possible options for Columbia’s growth.

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5:29 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Columbia Downtown Community Improvement District Board to vote on Tiger Town street closure

Plans in Columbia for a downtown tailgating event at MU’s Friday home football games are beginning to take shape.

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4:57 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

New bus route to run between MU, downtown Columbia

Columbia Bob McDavid explains the new FASTCAT route which will improve service by creating a new hub.
Chloe Dake KBIA

The city of Columbia announced Thursday the addition of a new city bus route that will directly connect the University of Missouri and downtown Columbia.  Mayor Bob McDavid calls the plan FASTCAT –“CAT” being short for Campus Access Transit. The new route will bypass Wabash station creating a new central hub.

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5:42 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

City of Columbia implements new parking meters

The city of Columbia is trying out a new type of parking meter that gives drivers more options for how to pay.

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AM Newscasts
9:49 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Newscast for February 24, 2012

Cool Stuff in downtown Columbia.
Dale Muckerman flikr

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Stephens College reorganizes academic departments
  • No more Cool Stuff downtown
  • Missouri House passes English driver's license requirement
8:29 am
Fri February 24, 2012

No more Cool Stuff downtown

Need an African drum or hanging lampshade? It might be on sale, as Cool Stuff in downtown Columbia prepares to close.
Dale Muckerman flikr

The kitschy and iconic downtown Columbia store Cool Stuff is closing its doors after 23 years in business. Owner Arnie Fagan, an MU alum, opened the store in 1988 as a tie-dye shop.

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