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Construction Roundup: August 2016

Walker Evans Walker Evans Construction Roundup: August 2016

August has been a hot and rainy month, but much progress has still been made at construction sites all throughout central Columbus neighborhoods. This month’s Construction Roundup photo series takes a tour through sites located Downtown, in the Discovery District, Arena District, Short North, Victorian Village, Italian Village, Clintonville, University District, Grandview Heights, RiverSouth and […]

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Airbnb Reports Rapid Growth in Columbus Market

Walker Evans Walker Evans Airbnb Reports Rapid Growth in Columbus Market

National online hospitality service Airbnb released a new report this week, showcasing rapid growth across all the midwest. That includes a 200 percent increase in usage in Columbus over the past year. “Among the 14 largest home sharing cities in the Midwest, every market has experienced at least 90% year-over-year inbound guest growth over the […]

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Broad Street & James Road Tops Annual List of Worst Intersections

Walker Evans Walker Evans Broad Street & James Road Tops Annual List of Worst Intersections

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) revealed its annual list of high-crash intersections yesterday afternoon, and last year’s number one has been dethroned. The intersection of Hamilton Road and Livingston Avenue has dropped to second place, surpassed by the intersection of Broad Street and James Road. It should come as little surprise that the most […]

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Columbus Ranked #7 Hottest Housing Market in US

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Ranked #7 Hottest Housing Market in US

Realtor.com announced today that data from August revealed that the national housing market was “hotter” than it has been in the past decade with fast moving inventory and record-high prices for the residential real estate market. When breaking down the information on a regional basis, the Columbus metro area landed in 7th place on their […]

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Jack Storey Settling Into New Leadership Role in Franklinton

Hannah Herner Hannah Herner Jack Storey Settling Into New Leadership Role in Franklinton

Former assistant director of the Franklin Development Association, Jack Storey, officially took over as executive director of the nonprofit organization back on July 1st. Storey was officially hired as assistant director in January of this year, but has worked in community development in Ohio since 2010. He said that part of what attracted him to […]

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Library Calling for Demolition and Redevelopment of Grant Oak Apartments

Brent Warren Brent Warren Library Calling for Demolition and Redevelopment of Grant Oak Apartments

The Columbus Metropolitan Library is soliciting proposals to redevelop the row of apartment buildings just north of the newly renovated Main Library downtown. The library has posted a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on their website that specifies what they have in mind for the site – two mid-rise apartment buildings framing a small park, with […]

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Voters Still Skeptic About Columbus City Schools Levy

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Voters Still Skeptic About Columbus City Schools Levy

Columbus voters remain skeptical of the proposed school levy they’ll vote on in November. The 6.92 mil bond request aims to add 325 staff members to the 119 buildings that serve 51,000 students in hopes that foreign-born students, gifted students and students with disabilities and/or chronic home stressors can receive more personalized attention. The Columbus […]

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