Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The Vista is a mainstay of Columbia that brings lots of people into downtown. Now the city is looking to make sure the area stays attractive to keep people coming into the businesses.
"I enjoy it and I just like the vibrance of the area," Jim Papadea said.
Papadea owns multiple businesses in the Vista and remembers when things were much different down here.
"We started down here with one little project and then every year we chip away at it," Papadea said.
Now the city is getting input from stakeholders and residents alike through a different type of public input meeting.
"We felt that being out on the street at lunch time and at dinner time we would be able to engage the property owners, the employees, shop keepers and then the people who actually use this space," John Fellows said.
Fellows works with the West Gervais Planning Area Study.
He and his colleagues asked people to take surveys. And in this meeting the dot marks the spot.
"We have 14 boards that have different themes. Some are about buildings, some are about streetscape, some are about uses, some are about building form," Fellows said. "We're asking people questions about what do they prefer so we can get a sense of what people think will be good in the vista as it moves forward as a developed area."
"We're asking people questions about what do they prefer so we can get a sense of what people think will be good in the vista as it moves forward as a developed area."
If you're worried that the Vista won't be the same, that's not the case.
Fellows says the changes are more like improvements.
"I see this particular planning process not as something new. But it's looking at where we've been, what have we been doing and see if we're still on the same track," Fellows said.
The group had two meetings on Friday. If you weren't able to make it to the meeting, you can take the survey through this link: