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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.

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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Lincoln Cafe Addresses Incident with Customer Injury

Walker Evans Walker Evans Lincoln Cafe Addresses Incident with Customer Injury

The Lincoln Cafe on East Long Street made national headlines this week, but not for good reasons. A Columbus Police officer was injured by glass shards in a sandwich from the cafe. While the officer was treated and released, and the police department and health department issued statements that the accident was not intentional, the […]

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Lincoln Cafe Hit With Backlash From Social Media Mob

Walker Evans Walker Evans Lincoln Cafe Hit With Backlash From Social Media Mob

Late on Monday night, local ABC affiliate WSYX reported that a Columbus police officer had been injured earlier in the day when biting into a sandwich that contained shards of glass at the Lincoln Cafe on East Long Street. The officer was rushed to Grant Medical Center where he was treated and released. The Columbus […]

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Construction Roundup: Near East Side, Bexley, Children’s Hospital & More

Walker Evans Walker Evans Construction Roundup: Near East Side, Bexley, Children’s Hospital & More

While the city’s Near East Side may not be quite as bustling with new urban development as Italian Village, the University District, or even the Historic Dublin area, there’s still quite a bit of noteworthy construction going on. As Urban Development writer Brent Warren detailed last month, Olde Towne East has seen a lot of […]

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