With the exception of a few fiscally conservative Republicans who seem to balk at anything that’s not a purely essential duty of government, Columbia County likes to crow about itself, particularly the Columbia County government and most particularly the Development Services Division.
Maybe it’s all those empty storefronts or maybe it’s the fact that Washington Road in Martinez still hasn’t managed to swim its way out of the undertow that seems to be pulling it back to Richmond County, but those Development Services folks sure do like to point out the good stuff.
Take, for example, the heap of good stuff that makes up this year’s Community Pride Design Awards. Now in their third year, these awards are a way to show appreciation for the developers and project owners for their outstanding contributions to Columbia County’s quality of life.
Best of all, though, the community gets to vote, sort of like Dancing with the Stars, only without the sequins and that randy guy on the end who can’t keep his butt in the chair.
And the choices this year are just oh so Columbia County: the Shops at Riverwood, the Shops at Evans Exchange, the Gateway Verizon (damn right we can hear you now), the Advanced Auto Parts store on Washington Road and an office building so like every other office building that the letters of its name rearranged undoubtedly spell out a past nominee.
Obviously, the Stake ‘N Shake is retro cool and the Tax Slayer building in Marshall Square deserves accolades for any number of reasons (although certainly not for the umbrella tables on the roof, which totally screw up the sleek look of the thing) but, all in all, the awards seem like asking for a pat on the back for doing what you said you’d do.You Might Also Like: