Bridge’s wall to link with vibrant past
By Robert Vitale
The Columbus Dispatch, Tuesday February 21, 2012 4:01 AM
In the spot where bulldozers once split a neighborhood in two, state officials hope a nod to the past will help heal some old wounds.
A new bridge over Long Street, planned as part of the $200 million reconstruction of the I-71/670 interchange, will include an 8-foot-tall, 240-foot-long tribute to the history and culture of the Near East Side.
The heart of the black community in Columbus’ segregated past, the area now designated as the King-Lincoln District was known far and wide for its theaters and nightclubs. The neighborhood also was home to churches, businesses and about 68,000 residents.
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