One can imagine what a colossal failure a business would be if its leaders produced no strategy to guide them through the future. With no plan detailing specific actions to achieve such crucial goals as increased market share, adherence to budget, or the security of supply chain enhancements, any progress a business might make would be merely coincidental – maybe the result of a few maverick visionaries who were able to get something done.
So who are those knowledgeable, helpful folks in the yellow shirts riding and walking around downtown Columbia? They’re officially the 14 employees of the City Center Partnership Clean, Safe & Outreach Ambassador Program, but we just know them as the Yellow Shirts and we’re happy to sing their praises as they mark their 11 years of duty.
Downtown Columbia’s halcyon days have been well documented in recent years. In decades past, Main Street and the surrounding streets were the places to go for shopping, dining, entertainment, or just to meet friends and pass the time. Just as much as downtown’s distant past has been celebrated for its rich, cultural significance, its more recent economic contraction has been equally lamented. Columbians watched (passively for a time) while the Fox Theater closed, Tapp’s, Lourie’s, and other businesses departed leaving behind shuttered shells and striking facades that hinted at what once was.
Residential pioneers like Tom Prioreschi and Ben Arnold recognize the next step in downtown’s revolution: people would want to live close to where they work, just a sidewalk stroll away from shopping, dining, theater, and other entertainments that constitute the city’s heartbeat.
Wouldn’t it be nice to link the emerging vitality of Main Street with an area that has already demonstrated success and popularity like the Vista?