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King-Lincoln District

Home to the historic Lincoln Theater and the King Arts Complex, this near east side neighborhood was the heart of an affluent African-American business and entertainment district in the 1930s and ‘40s. However, desegregation and public policy encouraged middle class flight and the area’s population decreased drastically. Since 2001, Mayor Michael Coleman and the city of Columbus have been dedicated to its redevelopment and revitalization.

Long and Spring Street Bridges to be Completed this Summer

Brent Warren Brent Warren Long and Spring Street Bridges to be Completed this Summer

New renderings presented at a recent public meeting give a better idea of what the Long and Spring Street bridges will look like when they are completed, which the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) says will be this summer. The project began in September 2011. Nancy Burton of ODOT said that both bridges should be […]

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Urban Plan Finalized for Near East Side Redevelopment

Walker Evans Walker Evans Urban Plan Finalized for Near East Side Redevelopment

The “Partners Achieving Community Transformation” (PACT) working group unveiled their finalized plan tonight for the redevelopment of the Near East Side of Columbus after a three-year process. The plan, known as “The Blueprint for Community Investment”, seeks to enhance the quality of life for the area by focusing on housing, workforce development, neighborhood assets, education, […]

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Dual Art Reviews: The Pizzuti Collection and Rooms to Let

Jeff Regensburger Jeff Regensburger Dual Art Reviews: The Pizzuti Collection and Rooms to Let

Opposites attract. They attracted me anyway. Saturday May 18th offered central Ohio art supporters a unique opportunity to appreciate two very different ways in which the art scene in Columbus is taking off. On one end of the spectrum is the Pizzuti Collection, which opened its doors to members to present a preview of the […]

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Homeport Looks to Increase Activity on Long Street in King Lincoln District

Brent Warren Brent Warren Homeport Looks to Increase Activity on Long Street in King Lincoln District

Work has continued this spring on the lot at the corner of Long Street and Garfield Avenue in the King Lincoln District. Fifteen local Starbucks workers volunteered their time one April weekend to put in planters and build picnic tables on the lot, which Los Potosinos Taco Truck calls home. The beautification efforts, which started last year […]

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Whitney Townhouses Now Leasing

Brent Warren Brent Warren Whitney Townhouses Now Leasing

The Whitney is now close to completion nearly four years after breaking ground. The development, which sits on the corner of Mt. Vernon and Hamilton Avenues in the King Lincoln District, has long been mired in financial difficulties and last year received $3.4 million in assistance from the city. The two and three-bedroom townhouses are […]

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PACT Plans $165 Million Strategic Redevelopment for Near East Side

Walker Evans Walker Evans PACT Plans $165 Million Strategic Redevelopment for Near East Side

An updated neighborhood plan for the Near East Side was discussed last night at a community meeting held at the King Arts Complex. There, the latest draft of the master plan from PACT (Partners Achieving Community Transformation) was presented for review and feedback. The nearly completed plan is the result of two years of public […]

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Olde Towne East Grocery Store Called for in Neighborhood Plan

Walker Evans Walker Evans Olde Towne East Grocery Store Called for in Neighborhood Plan

(Note: Article was updated on March 6th at 12:30pm with additional information.) The Near East Side is in need of a signature grocery store, according to the latest draft (PDF) of a master planning effort for the area, as presented to the community last night at the King Arts Complex. The latest update of PACT’s […]

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