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Capital Crossroads Working Towards Free Bus Pass Program for Downtown Workers

 Brent Warren Capital Crossroads Working Towards Free Bus Pass Program for Downtown Workers

When it comes to transit, discussions about light rail and streetcars — or high-profile, big-money initiatives like Smart Columbus — tend to grab the headlines. The Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District is betting that a much more modest program can help to revitalize Downtown while also putting a dent in Columbus’ infamous “car culture.” It will […]

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Pop-Up Retail Incubator Launching Downtown

SusanPost SusanPost Pop-Up Retail Incubator Launching Downtown

A new pop-up retail incubator is closing the gap between local independent retailers and vacant storefronts Downtown. The Gay Street Collaborative, the Downtown Special Improvement District and The Columbus Foundation are collaborating on POP Columbus — a dual storefront space retailers can rent for anywhere between one day and two months, located at 44 N. High […]

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Historic Buildings Downtown Sitting Empty Despite Demand

 Brent Warren Historic Buildings Downtown Sitting Empty Despite Demand

Despite a strong market and a demonstrated demand for commercial and residential space with historic character, a number of buildings featuring precisely those types of spaces in Downtown Columbus have sat empty for years. It’s a dilemma that has Downtown boosters shaking their heads — lamenting the lost opportunity but also worried for the future […]

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The Confluence Cast: Carless in Columbus

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Carless in Columbus

People like the idea of living without a car. Why don’t they? This week’s episode has it’s foundation in an interview with Cleve Ricksecker, the executive director of the two Downtown Special Improvement Districts (SID). We discuss SIDs, commuter culture in Columbus, and have a frank discussion about the race and class lines here. Cleve’s passion for a […]

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PSA: Downtown Street Sweeping Ramps Up This Summer

Walker Evans Walker Evans PSA: Downtown Street Sweeping Ramps Up This Summer

The Department of Public Service has an important message for anyone who regularly parks their cars on the street Downtown: move your car during street sweeping hours so that you don’t get towed. Starting in the early hours of Monday, April 6th, Downtown street sweeping will become a weekly activity, as requested by Downtown residents […]

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Day Companies Purchases Long-Vacant Madison’s Building

Walker Evans Walker Evans Day Companies Purchases Long-Vacant Madison’s Building

The vacant Madison’s Department Store building has long been an eyesore on High Street in the heart of Downtown, but that is expected to change soon. The Day Companies confirmed today that they have purchased the buildings from the Tonti Organization, with plans to renovate the three historic buildings at 72-84 North High. “I can confirm […]

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Free CBUS Downtown Circulator Launches

 Brent Warren Free CBUS Downtown Circulator Launches

COTA’s new free downtown circulator bus launched today, traveling in a loop between Sycamore Street in the Brewery District and Third Avenue in the Short North. Signs reading “CBUS” mark the stops for the new route, which was first announced by COTA in February. The CBUS will run every 10 minutes from 7am to 7pm […]

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