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Downtown Commission Hears Ideas for Discovery District, Plans for Lev’s Pawnshop Building

Brent Warren Brent Warren Downtown Commission Hears Ideas for Discovery District, Plans for Lev’s Pawnshop Building

A new “Placemaking Plan” for the Discovery District was presented to the Downtown Commission on Tuesday. Cleve Ricksecker, Executive Director of the Discovery District Special Improvement District, updated the commission on some of the highlights of the plan, including a Discovery Trail meant to connect destinations like the Main Library, the Columbus Museum of Art, […]

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Free Bus Passes for Downtown Workers Coming in 2018

Brent Warren Brent Warren Free Bus Passes for Downtown Workers Coming in 2018

The board of the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District gave its stamp of approval yesterday to a plan to provide free bus passes for as many as 40,000 Downtown workers. The program has been in the planning stages for over two years, including a small pilot program that ran from June of 2015 to December […]

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Capital Crossroads Working Towards Free Bus Pass Program for Downtown Workers

Brent Warren 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 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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