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Centered on the main stretch of High Street north of downtown Columbus and extending just south of The Ohio State University’s campus, the Short North experienced street-level crime and gang violence as affluent Columbus residents followed the economic bubble into the suburbs during the 1960s and ’70s. Its rebirth began when art galleries began to open there in the ’80s. Most of its buildings date back to at least the early 20th century, with traditional storefronts along High and apartment buildings, row houses and condominium developments in the surrounding blocks.

Columbus Makes Art Presents: Artists Heather Kaplan’s and Ryan W. Kelly’s Ceramics

Ken Aschliman Ken Aschliman Columbus Makes Art Presents: Artists Heather Kaplan’s and Ryan W. Kelly’s Ceramics

Heather Kaplan and Ryan W. Kelly have exhibitions at ROY G BIV Gallery this month. While their work is grounded in ceramics, it includes performative and installation elements. Ahead of their artists’ talk on Saturday, June 25 at 2:30 p.m., I spoke with both artists about their practices and bodies of work. Ken Aschliman: How […]

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Bollinger Tower Hotel to Get First Review from Commission

Brent Warren Brent Warren Bollinger Tower Hotel to Get First Review from Commission

The plan to convert the 11-story Bollinger Tower from affordable senior housing to a hotel will be getting its first review from the Italian Village Commission tomorrow. Submitted renderings show new windows and a fresh coat of paint on the building. They also show a name — Cambria Hotel and Suites, although Michael Schiff of […]

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Stonewall Pride Festival Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Hannah Herner Hannah Herner Stonewall Pride Festival Celebrates 35th Anniversary

The 35th Annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival is set to kick off Friday afternoon in Goodale Park. Karla Rothan, Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus, has been involved for 19 of the festival’s 35 years. She said that when she started getting involved as a volunteer, they had about 15,000 people in attendance and it was a […]

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Tai Tiki Closing, to be Replaced with New Craft Bar & Kitchen Concept

Walker Evans Walker Evans Tai Tiki Closing, to be Replaced with New Craft Bar & Kitchen Concept

After just one year of operation, Tai Tiki Polynesian Grill is closing their doors at 1014 North High Street in the Short North. While the closure is effective immediately, the space will not sit empty for long. A brand new restaurant concept called Julep is scheduled to take its place later this summer. “We’re excited about […]

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Developer Addresses Concerns about 12-Story Building with Residents

Walker Evans Walker Evans Developer Addresses Concerns about 12-Story Building with Residents

The Short North Civic Association neighborhood organization hosted a special meeting last night with The Pizzuti Companies, the developers who are proposing a new 12-story mixed-use condominium building located on High Street in the Short North. Approximately 40 people attended the event to hear more details about the proposal and to ask questions of the […]

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12-Story Building Proposed to Replace Grandview Mercantile in Short North

Walker Evans Walker Evans 12-Story Building Proposed to Replace Grandview Mercantile in Short North

The Grandview Mercantile building is one of the few large-footprint single-story structures located on High Street in the Short North, but that could be changing soon if a new development proposal is approved. The Pizzuti Companies have submitted a proposal to the Victorian Village Commission that aims to replace it with a new 12-story mixed-use […]

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Arts Preview: Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam 2016 Comes to the Garden Theater

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Arts Preview: Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam 2016 Comes to the Garden Theater

By now, the history of poetry slam has been repeated ad nauseam: Working class Chicago poet Marc Smith added rules and scoring to bring the focus in a poetry reading back to audience engagement. With some minor refinement over the years, it’s a format that, at its best, still shakes up the complacency of writer and […]

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