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Plan Calls for “Downtown Franklinton” District, Parks on Broad Street

Brent Warren Brent Warren Plan Calls for “Downtown Franklinton” District, Parks on Broad Street

A draft neighborhood plan for West Franklinton – which will be presented tonight at the last of three community planning meetings – calls for a “Downtown Franklinton” district, new parks along West Broad Street and a range of other suggestions for the area. The plan has been in development since the process first started in January. […]

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Portion of Clintonville Ravine Cleared For New Restaurant

Walker Evans Walker Evans Portion of Clintonville Ravine Cleared For New Restaurant

According to an update posted on the Friends of the Ravines website, a construction project has claimed a portion of the Bill Moose Ravine in the northern Clintonville/Beechwold area. Understandably, the group is upset about the demolition and is questioning the processes that allowed the construction work to begin without their awareness: “We are not sure […]

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Magic Nate finds his calling as a full time entertainer

Aimee Hancock Aimee Hancock Magic Nate finds his calling as a full time entertainer

While most people would prefer a job in which their favorite hobby provides a steady salary, this is simply not a realistic prospect for everyone. Yet, local resident and professional magician Nate LeGros has just that. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, LeGros (or Magic Nate as he is officially known) said his interest in performing magic […]

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Photos: Urban Living Tour 2014

Walker Evans Walker Evans Photos: Urban Living Tour 2014

Columbus Underground hosted its first Urban Living Tour on Sunday, July 27th, showcasing apartments and condos located Downtown and surrounding urban neighborhoods. Over 450 people participated in the event, browsing over a dozen residential buildings that ranged from unfinished loft spaces under construction to model units ready for new renters who want to move in. […]

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Open Streets Columbus: Installment One – Rich Street

 Jess Mathews Open Streets Columbus: Installment One – Rich Street

Streets used to be gathering places. They used to be places where both adults and kids would congregate. The adults would socialize and the kids would play. Now, playgrounds are built far away from streets and usually protected by some sort of fencing or barrier. Meanwhile, pedestrians have been herded up to signalized intersections in […]

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Six New Houses Planned for Corner of Second and Summit

Brent Warren Brent Warren Six New Houses Planned for Corner of Second and Summit

Construction could start as soon as this fall on six new single-family houses at the corner of Summit Street and East Second Avenue in Italian Village. The site, which in recent years has hosted a community garden, will be split into six lots, each featuring a two-and-a-half story, two-bedroom house. Connie Klema, one of the owners […]

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More Parking Meters Added to High Street Downtown

Walker Evans Walker Evans More Parking Meters Added to High Street Downtown

Another set of parking meters were added to High Street late last week on the west side of block between Gay Street and Long Street. The area was previously home to a busy south-bound COTA bus stop located mid-block that was eliminated recently in a move to speed up bus service. The stop was deemed […]

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