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Founded in 1797, making it one of the oldest communities in Central Ohio, Franklinton is located immediately west of downtown Columbus. Since a floodwall was erected there in 2003, redevelopment efforts have included more than 40 residential projects, a new firehouse, two new schools, and a new residential dormitory at Mount Carmel Medical Center West.

21 Acre Downtown Development Plan Unveiled

Brent Warren Brent Warren 21 Acre Downtown Development Plan Unveiled

The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) has unveiled its long-awaited plan to develop 21 acres of city-owned and county-owned land on the Scioto Peninsula. The vision is of a dense urban neighborhood, with over 1,500 residential units, 180,000 square feet of retail, 240 hotel rooms, and as much as 840,000 square feet of office space. […]

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Franklinton Group Building Toward Future with New Name

Brent Warren Brent Warren Franklinton Group Building Toward Future with New Name

The Franklinton Development Association is now the Franklinton Urban Empowerment Lab. The name change is accompanying a rebranding, as well as some rethinking about the best way for the nonprofit organization to serve its fast-changing neighborhood. Executive Director Jack Storey said that the plan is to add one staffer a year in order to offer […]

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In Limbo: Updates on 15 Urban Development Projects That Were Quiet in 2016

Brent Warren Brent Warren In Limbo: Updates on 15 Urban Development Projects That Were Quiet in 2016

Here’s a list of potentially big stories that we didn’t hear much about in 2016. They didn’t fit into any of the categories for our annual Year in Review — completed, under construction, or proposed — so we thought we’d compile another list, this one focused on projects that first came to our attention in […]

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Top 10 Festivals in Columbus

Best of CU Best of CU Top 10 Festivals in Columbus

For two years in a row, the readers and contributors at Columbus Underground have selected Independents’ Day as the number one festival in the region. That nomination comes as high praise, as Columbus is home to over 100 summer and seasonal festivals that include a wide variety of entertainment opportunities for all kinds of tastes. […]

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Best Public Art of 2016: Graffiti Installations at Independents’ Day

Best of CU Best of CU Best Public Art of 2016: Graffiti Installations at Independents’ Day

Ever since the art-centric bicentennial birthday celebration in 2012, the City of Columbus has made more and more of an effort to incorporate public artwork displays into our daily lives. Those projects come in all forms — large and small, temporary and permanent, commissioned and guerrilla — and collectively they add up to making our […]

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The Florentine is Closing After 71 Years of Business

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega The Florentine is Closing After 71 Years of Business

One of Franklinton’s most historic businesses, The Florentine, is closing its doors on December 23. “With the help of our loyal, loving staff we have proudly served classic Italian cuisine to our community for three generations,” said a statement on the Florentine website. “This was a very tough decision to make; but one which ultimately […]

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Columbus Working to Fix Infant Mortality Rate Problem

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Columbus Working to Fix Infant Mortality Rate Problem

The inaugural class of community health workers, from CelebrateOne’s Connector Corps program, were recognized Tuesday by Mayor Andrew Ginther and other city officials. The 24 women graduating spent the past year learning how to connect at-risk populations around Columbus with life-improving resources with the end goal of reducing Franklin County’s infant mortality rate. Graduate Claudia […]

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