Five Points - Columbia , SC
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We're at the intersection of 1952 and 2006. This is Columbia, SC's "Five Points" section which has become one of the most popular centers of activity in the Capital City. We are looking down the hill on Devine Street toward its intersection with Harden Street which forms part of the Five Points area.
The sign for The Goody Shoppe represents a diner which was a legend in Columbia. It was once an all night eatery which saw many a late night reveler stumble in from fraternity or cocktail parties or post game celebrations when the Gamecocks were winning football games or remorseful drunks when they were not.
This mural depicts the scene as it likely looked in the early 1950's. Pure and Gulf were two of the leading petroleum companies in the US at the time with stations on every other corner in every town in the country. The mural is painted on the north side of what is now Harper's Restaurant in today's Five Points. It is a skillful continuation of a trend begun in 1975 by the artist who painted as "Blue Sky". Nostalgic and often historically accurate murals appear from time to time all over the Columbia area. Columbia once stood for nomination as the new Atlanta. Thank every lucky star that it failed to become that urban horror, but in the process Columbia tore down a lot of buildings both historic and sentimental.
Once an attractive distraction for blank ugly walls, these murals are increasingly prized as assets for commercial structures. They give Columbia a window to its past and tend to mourn the casualties inflicted on its road to prosperity. It reminds us that the funky, the seedy, the low fashion of the day will in time have value to us down that road