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Columbus Foundation Awards 375K to Charter School

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Columbus Foundation Awards 375K to Charter School

Would you believe that one of the highest performing public middle schools in Franklin county is a charter school? Columbus Collegiate Academy has two middle school campuses. It serves a population that is 95% economically disadvantaged; 18% of its students qualify for special education services, and 80% of its students are identified as being “of […]

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Create Columbus Commission Grant Funds 11 Community Projects

Walker Evans Walker Evans Create Columbus Commission Grant Funds 11 Community Projects

The Create Columbus Commission announced this morning that $82,000 is being distributed to the community through the latest round of their grant funding program that awards recipients that will help to enhance projects that reflect the interests of the young professional community in Columbus. “Thanks to support from the City of Columbus and The Columbus […]

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Columbus SOUP Grants $1,243 to State of the Arts Productions

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus SOUP Grants $1,243 to State of the Arts Productions

Columbus SOUP, the philanthropic crowd-funding organization, granted money to two local arts and culture groups at their quarterly dinner on Sunday. The 161 voting attendees to the event at the Columbus College of Art and Design’s Mind Market each donated a $7 minimum and voted to give the accumulated $1,243 to State of the Arts […]

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Great Placemakers Lab Coming to Columbus in September

Walker Evans Walker Evans Great Placemakers Lab Coming to Columbus in September

What does it take to make a neighborhood great? Local, regional and national thought leaders will gather in Columbus from September 16th to 19th to discuss that very topic at the Great Placemakers Lab, in hopes of further advancing neighborhood-building efforts locally and across the US. The Great Placemakers Lab is a three and a […]

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NRI Envisions Mixed-Use Development for Broad Street Site in Franklinton

Walker Evans Walker Evans NRI Envisions Mixed-Use Development for Broad Street Site in Franklinton

In May, Nationwide Realty Investors made some waves when it was revealed that the development company known best for creating the Arena District and Grandview Yard had purchased the old Byers Chevrolet site in Franklinton. While the Arena District and Grandview Yard sites are both 100-acre master planning efforts, NRI President Brian Ellis sees the […]

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Idea Forge: Celebrating the Near East Side Co-Op and the Community

Tyler Durbin Tyler Durbin Idea Forge: Celebrating the Near East Side Co-Op and the Community

In June, we read about the Near East Side Co-op’s plea for help to keep the doors open and to continue feeding neighborhood families. The community answered the rallying call. The June “Rent Party” mobilized the Near East Side neighborhood to show up and support the Near East Side Co-Op. Neighborhood businesses like Upper Cup […]

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Opinion: Level Playing Field Crucial for Columbus Retailers

Jayson Waits Jayson Waits Opinion: Level Playing Field Crucial for Columbus Retailers

Readers of Columbus Underground are well aware of all the fantastic development occurring across the city. It is an exciting time to be a resident and a business owner. That said, an unfair government policy is holding back local retailers from growing and jeopardizes future development in the city. As a small business owner myself […]

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