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Columbus Hosting National CEOs for Cities Meeting This Week

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Hosting National CEOs for Cities Meeting This Week

Over 400 leaders from 75 US cities are descending upon Columbus this week for the CEOs for Cities annual meeting. The organization, which aims to bring together thought leaders from both the public and private sector, is hosting a series of speakers, panels, presentations and local group tours that will highlight not only national issues, […]

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With Sophomore Rule in Place, Some See Opportunity for More Home Owners in the University District

Brent Warren Brent Warren With Sophomore Rule in Place, Some See Opportunity for More Home Owners in the University District

The rule requiring sophomores at Ohio State to live on campus — although not quite leading to the doomsday scenario painted by worried landlords back in 2008 — has definitely had an impact on the rental market in the University District. The bigger question, though, for many residents and neighborhood boosters, is what kind of […]

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University District Landlords Adjusting to First Year of Sophomore Rule

Brent Warren Brent Warren University District Landlords Adjusting to First Year of Sophomore Rule

This fall marks the first semester that OSU sophomores are required to live on campus, a long-anticipated change in policy that necessitated a major building program by the university. Eleven new buildings in the North Residential District south of Lane Avenue are now bustling with activity thanks to the extra 3,000-plus students being housed on […]

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Vote on the Best Columbus Architecture of 2016

Walker Evans Walker Evans Vote on the Best Columbus Architecture of 2016

For the second year in a row, Columbus Underground is celebrating the architectural and design talent represented in the myriad of new development proposals that have been proposed over the course of the past year. While other local awards honor completed projects after construction has finished, ours instead takes a look at conceptual designs that […]

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398-Unit Residential Project Planned in Weinland Park

Walker Evans Walker Evans 398-Unit Residential Project Planned in Weinland Park

After three years in the making, the first phase of the Grant Park development in Weinland Park is wrapping up and phase two is scheduled to begin construction next year. While phase one focused on single family homes along the west side of Grant Avenue, phase two will include a more dense mix of apartment […]

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Columbus City Schools Superintendent Says Student Achievement ‘On the Rise’

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Columbus City Schools Superintendent Says Student Achievement ‘On the Rise’

The latest local report card detailing the successes and failings of Columbus City Schools was disputed Tuesday night as CCS Superintendent Dan Good delivered a presentation to the city’s Board of Education. The district report card showed Fs in achievement, gap closing, progress and graduation rate and a D for preparedness for success. “There is […]

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Parsons Avenue Renovation “The Eisen” Celebrates Grand Opening

Walker Evans Walker Evans Parsons Avenue Renovation “The Eisen” Celebrates Grand Opening

A small-but-prominent corner of Parsons Avenue has seen a newly completed renovation with tonight’s grand opening of “The Eisen”. The renovation was a collaborative project between multiple development groups including Midwest Atlantic Group, Solutions for Real Estate and NAI Ohio Equities, originally announced last year by partner Mark Longstreth. “I think Parsons is the natural commercial corridor for […]

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