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Aiken may be better model for Camden

Posted: September 2, 2011 9:12 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Thank you, Mr. Scully, for your interesting letter. However, when comparing Camden to Newberry and Augusta, there are two major differences. Newberry has a major college and Augusta has several colleges, medical and liberal arts, and a thriving medical community. Both are more similar to Columbia.

Perhaps a better comparison would be Aiken, which is similarly situated to Augusta as we are to Columbia. Aiken now has a bustling main street and healthy economy thanks to the attitudes and cooperation of the city fathers and main street entrepreneurs.

In all cases priorities and definitive goals were set and discussed at length with the taxpayers before proceeding with any plan. Also, both communities were able to expand their tax bases before undertaking any development plan.


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