North Village Arts District

The North Village Arts District is a neighborhood and arts district in Columbia, Missouri.[2] It is located on the northeast side of Downtown Columbia, and is the city's main art gallery district and center for the visual arts. The neighborhood is also home to restaurants, bars, food trucks, housewares shops, theaters, and a distillery.[3][4] [5][6] Rose Music Hall, a popular music venue, is located on Park Avenue. There are several dance studios, including the Missouri Contemporary Ballet.[7] The district hosts a monthly art crawl called "First Fridays".[8]

Wabash Station, a restored railroad station, is the headquarters and central hub of Columbia Public Transit. The station previously served the Columbia Terminal Railroad, which brought passengers and goods into Columbia throughout the 1900s.[9] The railroad was the primary cause of the neighborhood's original industrial nature. Today, many of the district's businesses are located in renovated warehouses and industrial buildings.[10] A former gas manufacturing site, now owned by Ameren, may be turned into public green space.[11][12]

Several buildings in the neighborhood are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including Wabash Station, the Boone County Courthouse, Columbia National Guard Armory, Elkins House, First Christian Church, and McCain Furniture Store. Two National Historic Districts are partially within the neighborhood: the Downtown Columbia Historic District, and the North Ninth Street Historic District. The district is adjacent to Stephens College and Columbia College.

Ameren lot

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Columbia Gas Works operated a coal gasification plant at the corner of Ash and Orr streets. The company was purchased by the Union Electric Company (now Ameren) and eventually ceased producing gas in 1932. The gasification process contaminated the soil and some groundwater in the area with carcinogenic chemicals. Ameren continues to own, and until recently, operate from the location. In June 2014, Ameren was removing contaminated soil from the area, and expected to finish by September 2014.[13] The land is currently fenced and unused. As of 2019 the city is considering purchasing the lot to create a public park.[11][12] Ameren has been criticized by the North Village Board of Directors and community for its treatment of "a whole city block that is in disrepair and [...] an aversion to commerce."[14]

See also

References

  1. Lardizabal, Claire (December 17, 2015). "Range Free café offers allergen-free foods". Vox Magazine. Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  2. Denney, Andrew (January 11, 2013). "Permits, meters coming to North Village Arts District". Columbia Daily Tribune. Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  3. Riske, Heather (December 28, 2018). "Hot Blocks: Where to Dine and Drink in Columbia's North Village Arts District". Feast Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  4. Casares, Alyssa (December 5, 2014). "Temporary waiver allows food trucks to operate during new hours". KBIA. Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  5. "A Neighborhood of Creative Expression!". The North Village Arts District. Archived from the original on October 10, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  6. Berens, Theresa (August 25, 2009). "ARTlandish Gallery brightens up the North Village Arts District". The Maneater. Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  7. "Frequently Asked Questions". The Missouri Contemporary Ballet. Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  8. "Things to Do in Columbia: First Fridays". City of Columbia. Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  9. Sposito, Sean (October 12, 2007). "Refurbished Wabash unveiled: Historic building now a bus depot". Columbia Tribune. Archived from the original on November 27, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  10. Winnerman, Jim (June 26, 2016). "Columbia, Mo., festivals turn town into a tourist destination". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  11. Bayless, Kacen J. (March 28, 2019). "An Empty Lot in the District Shows Promise". Columbia Business Times. Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  12. Przybyla, Sarah (November 3, 2016). "Arts District envisions brighter future for Orr Street property". Columbia Missourian. Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  13. Denney, Andrew (May 21, 2014). "Ameren continues Orr Street cleanup; harsh winter pushes back completion date". Columbia Daily Tribune. Columbia, Missouri. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  14. North Village Arts District Board of Directors (May 30, 2019). "Hopeful for the Future". Columbia Business Times. Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.