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"Coble: How our barrier became our bridge"

The State

July 15, 2013

Nexsen Pruet's Bob Coble was a guest columnist for The State newspaper on Sunday, July 14th.

He authored "How our barrier became our bridge" following the dedication of Coble plaza on the banks of Columbia's Three Rivers Greenway.

It begins:

The past two decades have seen a transformation of our region’s rivers from barriers and dividing lines into economic engines.


Twenty years ago, there were still inmates at Central Correctional Institution, the idea of the Gamecocks playing baseball along the Congaree was laughable, the River Alliance did not exist, and most people viewed the Saluda, Broad and Congaree rivers as a wall.


But spurred on by a visit to Nashville and an impassioned plea by the late Butch Spires that “the rivers should bring us together,” we began to change that. Today we have the Three Rivers Greenway and all the significant economic development that has accompanied it.


Read more of Coble's column from The State.

Bob Coble is co-chair of Nexsen Pruet's Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Team.  He served as Mayor of the City of Columbia from 1990 until 2010.