Most important information need in a community
Citizens within a community are often driven to accomplish individual goals and tasks rather than working for the greater good. People are worried about what time they need to get to work, when their child needs to be picked up from school, what they are going to eat for dinner that night, how much their bills are this month, etc. While all of these concerns are very necessary to get through daily life, there are greater needs that could stem from the amount of information available within a community.
The city of Columbia does a fine job of providing event dates for music festivals, bar specials for the downtown area, sports coverage, and other entertainment like entities. As much as I enjoy hearing about these facets of the community, I also see a lack of information about the local politics, movements, and activists. I would also like to see greater attention paid to the art scene. I just recently found out about how the North Village Arts District is an actual little community within itself that provides special events and gatherings for Columbians.
It would be nice to have a website, database, or some type of information-collective that laid everything out in grid form for viewers to pick and choose what they are interested in. Columbia has a website that lays out events and things going on around the area, but there is still a vast amount of necessary information missing.
Just to sum everything up, Columbia needs more information concerning local politics, the art scene, and movements going on in the area. I want to know more about these parts of the town, and after getting that information, I will inevitably feel more included and apart of the community.