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Musicol Studio – Pressing Vinyl and Recording Since 1966

Cassandra Zahran Cassandra Zahran Musicol Studio – Pressing Vinyl and Recording Since 1966

We purchase vinyl for a myriad of reasons: the sound carries a higher quality of texture and richness, the waxy vinyl is elegant and majestic as it spins on the turntable, Record Store Day is the new Black Friday and it’s a little treasure hunt when you sift through someone’s collection in search for the right record. […]

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Opinion: Not Debating Fitzgerald Could Haunt Kasich

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Opinion: Not Debating Fitzgerald Could Haunt Kasich

Governor John Kasich will not debate Ed Fitzgerald, marking the first time in 36 years that two candidates for the Ohio governorship have not faced each other on the issues. Both campaigns have largely blamed the other for the lapse in democratic tradition, but it’s clear that Fitzgerald stands to lose more than Kasich. The […]

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Columbus Ranked #1 Opportunity City of 2014

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Ranked #1 Opportunity City of 2014

If you want to make a mark on the world, there’s no better city in the US to do that than Columbus. Of course, we’ve all known that locally for some time now, but Forbes has validated that claim today by naming Columbus officially at the top of their list of Opportunity Cities. “Columbus, is […]

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Proposed Two-Story Giant Eagle Goes Back to Bexley Commission

Brent Warren Brent Warren Proposed Two-Story Giant Eagle Goes Back to Bexley Commission

The latest design for a two-story Giant Eagle on Main Street will be presented to the Bexley Planning Commission at its September 22nd meeting. Changes have been made to the design since it was presented last month – the commission tabled a vote on the proposal due to concerns about parking, traffic impacts, and the […]

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Protected Lanes Not Part of New Plan for Bike Lanes Downtown

Brent Warren Brent Warren Protected Lanes Not Part of New Plan for Bike Lanes Downtown

The city revealed plans last month for new bike lanes on four major downtown arteries; Long, Spring, Third and Fourth streets. These plans call for a combination of painted bike lanes, signs and sharrows along the length of each of the streets Downtown. The plans do not call for physically separated lanes – or cycle […]

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Suburban Streets in Columbus More Accident-Prone than Urban Streets

Walker Evans Walker Evans Suburban Streets in Columbus More Accident-Prone than Urban Streets

Last week, the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) released the latest list of the most dangerous intersections in Central Ohio. There were no major surprises with the 40 intersections that were called out as the most high-crash areas, but a deeper look at the data reveals a bit of an urban/suburban divide. In fact, […]

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Jeff Speck on Building Walkable Neighborhoods in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Jeff Speck on Building Walkable Neighborhoods in Columbus

The Great Placemakers Lab kicks off Tuesday, September 16th at the Westin Great Southern Hotel downtown. Organizers promise a diverse lineup of speakers, neighborhood tours and activities, all united by the common theme of building great neighborhoods. One facet of a great neighborhood is its walkability, and Jeff Speck may be the foremost expert on […]

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