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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.

Opinion: Long and Garfield Building Does Not Have to be Demolished

Kathleen Bailey Kathleen Bailey Opinion: Long and Garfield Building Does Not Have to be Demolished

An Open Letter to Columbus Development Director Steve Schoeny in response to the demolition plans announced for two buildings on the city’s Near East Side. Director Schoeny, I took a look at the building today. I can only give a layman’s opinion but it appears to me that the part of the building that collapsed is a […]

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Near East Side Community Members Want to See Buildings Saved

Walker Evans Walker Evans Near East Side Community Members Want to See Buildings Saved

On Sunday, local development corporation Next Generation announced intentions to demolish two buildings on East Long Street to prepare a larger site for sale to a private developer. Reactions to the plans have been mixed, with some residents excited about the plans, and others preferring to see the buildings preserved. “Columbus City Government is supporting Mr. […]

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Stretch of East Long Street Primed for Development after Purchase

Brent Warren Brent Warren Stretch of East Long Street Primed for Development after Purchase

A prominent two-block stretch of East Long Street in the King-Lincoln District is poised for a major mixed-use development, although what exactly it will look like is still very much up in the air. A one-acre parcel on the north side of Long, between North Garfield Avenue and Talmadge Street, was bought by the Columbus […]

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Woods Development Group is Betting on the Near East Side

Brent Warren Brent Warren Woods Development Group is Betting on the Near East Side

Over the past several years, Columbus Underground has featured in-depth interviews with many established developers in Columbus, including Brett Kaufman, Michael Schiff, Mark Wood, and Doug Borror. Those conversations focused on the Short North more than any other neighborhood, in part because that is where the developers were doing their most significant work, and in […]

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Construction Roundup: Near East Side

Walker Evans Walker Evans Construction Roundup: Near East Side

A lot has changed on the city’s Near East Side since we last did a neighborhood-centric Construction Roundup back in April. New homes have completed construction while many other projects have just gotten started. The 28-unit infill development in the King-Lincoln District that is provide affordable housing for working parents who are also students is already […]

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Shop Talk: Spencer’s Influence

Chrissy Adams Chrissy Adams Shop Talk: Spencer’s Influence

Back in April, new boutique Spencer’s Influence opened on East Long Street near the Long Street Bridge. The new store is the first for entrepreneur Wayne Spencer, who opened the shop with help from his wife Kimberly. “I worked retail for about twenty years and I always wanted to do it on my own,” said […]

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Realtors and Developers Work to Close Gap in Mid-Range Housing Market

Walker Evans Walker Evans Realtors and Developers Work to Close Gap in Mid-Range Housing Market

If you’re looking to purchase a starter home in Columbus, you have your work cut out for you. As home prices continue to climb and for-sale housing inventory continues to disappear, most builders and developers have turned their attention to the higher end of the market, leaving the middle-class with fewer and fewer options. In […]

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