Columbia, South Carolina is a textbook southern city. It has a few things going for it – it’s a state capital, it’s home to the University of South Carolina, and it houses Fort Jackson (Andrew not Stonewall). The city has all the cool things that go with these features: good dining, good drinking, good recreational options. And…it has the weird, hands off, the government shouldn’t be involved zoning which creates the occasional odd empty lots dotting the city’s landscape.
The capital is a decent place to walk around. There’s a green area. Your dog can poop next to where the Confederate Flag used to fly.
The surprise here was how nice the University of South Carolina campus was. I won’t delve into my preconceived notions of South Carolina here, but even with high expectations USC would have exceeded them. The Horseshoe is the school’s center – it’s a brick lined walkway, with large, leafy trees, around which educational and administrative buildings are located. At the far end is a visitor center. It’s still not Wake Forest but I thought it was nicer than say the University of North Carolina, Columbia’s no Chapel Hill but as far as college campus’s go, I’d easily give the edge to USC.