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Start Date Pushed Back on Cleveland Avenue BRT, Now Called CMAX

Brent Warren Brent Warren Start Date Pushed Back on Cleveland Avenue BRT, Now Called CMAX

COTA’s Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project has a new name – CMAX – as well as new branding and preliminary station designs. It also has a slightly larger price tag and a delayed starting date. The new cost estimate for the project is $47.7 million, 80% of which would be covered by a Small […]

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The Atlantic Falls in Love with Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans The Atlantic Falls in Love with Columbus

The Atlantic is a historied cultural magazine with an online reputation as a leading voice in covering urban places and their related issues and trends. Multiple writers at The Atlantic have turned their attention to the city of Columbus during the month of October, publishing some very positive pieces about various facets of the city. […]

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New Museum Design Approved, Demolition of Old Vets Memorial Set to Begin

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Museum Design Approved, Demolition of Old Vets Memorial Set to Begin

The plan by the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to remake the Scioto Pennisula took another step forward this week as the Downtown Commission approved the demolition of the existing Vets Memorial auditorium and convention facility at 300 West Broad Street. The commission also approved the latest design for its immediate replacement; an Ohio Veterans […]

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Short North White Castle to be Redeveloped

Walker Evans Walker Evans Short North White Castle to be Redeveloped

On April 1st, we announced that the Short North White Castle would be torn down and replaced with a new mixed-use apartment development. Of course, that was an April Fools Day joke. Today, we’re reporting that the Short North White Castle will be torn down and replaced with a new mixed-use apartment development. This time, no […]

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Transit Columbus Announces Map Contest

Brent Warren Brent Warren Transit Columbus Announces Map Contest

As a follow-up to last year’s Good Ideas Columbus initiative, Transit Columbus last night announced a new project – a map contest focussed less on transportation ideas for the future and more on promoting the city’s existing assets. Details of the Alternative Transportation Map Contest – including a $2,000 cash prize for the winner – […]

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Community Plates Saves Food from Local Landfills

Walker Evans Walker Evans Community Plates Saves Food from Local Landfills

Community Plates was launched in 2011 with a very simple goal: to get food to people in need. Founder Jeff Schacher recognized a huge discrepancy between the amount of food being thrown away each day by restaurants and grocery stores, and the amount of food needed in local pantries and shelters. So he created Community […]

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Mayor Coleman Proposes Harsh Punishments for Negligent Landlords

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Mayor Coleman Proposes Harsh Punishments for Negligent Landlords

The office of Mayor Michael Coleman has announced an aggressive new plan to fight urban decay in Columbus. According to a press release issued by the Mayor’s office Monday, the proposal would allow the city to penalize owners of unsafe properties to the tune of $1,000 a day until the properties are brought to acceptable […]

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