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A collection of neighborhoods south of downtown Columbus, the South Side is bounded by Interstate 70 on the north and east, Frebis Avenue on the south, and Parsons Avenue on the west.

Columbus Law Enforcement Now Carrying OD Reversal Drug

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Columbus Law Enforcement Now Carrying OD Reversal Drug

With heroin and related drug overdoses on the rise nationwide, Columbus law enforcement is now carrying doses of Narcan, an OD reversal drug, in precincts that have had the highest number of OD deaths. “We can and should continue to rely on EMS to respond to overdoses,” said advocate Heidi Riggs, whose daughter died of […]

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Restaurant Review: Roots Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Roots Cafe

You don’t have to buy into Roots Cafe’s mission, in order to appreciate the food. That said, an evaluation of the edibles alone offers only a tiny window into what it’s all about. Roots Cafe was developed with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank inside Reeb Avenue Center on the South side. The center is in an […]

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Treat to Try: Gluten-Free Twinkies from Bake Me Happy

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Gluten-Free Twinkies from Bake Me Happy

Twinkies and Oatmeal Pies; they’re not all bad. Sure, the sanctimonious are endlessly horrified at anyone’s professed love for the packaged, processed treats. That’s all the more reason to love Hostess and Little Debbie. How about this, then? You can score a gluten-free, cream-filled, tube-shaped pastry sponge cake that’s locally made here in Columbus. Look […]

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Construction Roundup: The Barrett

Walker Evans Walker Evans Construction Roundup: The Barrett

When we checked in with The Barrett development in Merion Village last summer, Columbus Underground was given a guided hard-hat tour of the inside of the historic Barrett Middle School building. Renovations of the building had just begun, and the transformation into apartments was under way. An exterior tour of the site last week reveals […]

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Panera to Open Location in New Children’s Hospital Building

Walker Evans Walker Evans Panera to Open Location in New Children’s Hospital Building

Shortly after employees begin moving into the new Nationwide Children’s Hospital Faculty Office Building this summer, they’ll soon get a new place nearby to grab meals and coffee. The first retail tenant has been announced for the ground floor of the building: a Panera Bread location, owned by local franchise operator Covelli Enterprises. “The Panera […]

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Community Grounds Plans to Open Parsons Avenue Cafe This Spring

Walker Evans Walker Evans Community Grounds Plans to Open Parsons Avenue Cafe This Spring

The project has taken a bit longer than expected, but Parsons Avenue on the South Side will finally gain a new coffee shop this year with the opening of Community Grounds. Founder Joel Cosme Jr. first told us about the concept back in August 2014, but a change in plans is shifting the cafe two […]

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Momentum Building in Historic Old Oaks Neighborhood

Brent Warren Brent Warren Momentum Building in Historic Old Oaks Neighborhood

While the campus of Nationwide Children’s Hospital continues to expand – with two new six-story buildings currently under construction – redevelopment on a much smaller scale just a few blocks to the east has residents and city officials optimistic about the potential turnaround of a historic neighborhood. The Old Oaks Historic District (bordered by I-70 […]

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