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Located within a 2.8-square-mile area two miles north of downtown Columbus, the district is home to the main campus of The Ohio State University, the Battelle Institute, and the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The district is Columbus’s most densely populated neighborhood featuring human service agencies, churches, schools, and more than 650 businesses, including boutiques, tattoo studios, the Landmark Gateway theater, and restaurants and bars.

Restaurant Review: The Little Donut Shop

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Little Donut Shop

The Little Donut Shop makes one basic type of donut, then frosts it with lots of different stuff. This business plan shouldn’t work. Sure, it’s efficient, but the eating public likes variety: mix it up with some fruity flavors (apple or blueberry), some chocolate stuff or sour cream. People love those extras in their donuts. […]


Density and Parking Revisted in Draft University District Plan

Brent Warren Brent Warren Density and Parking Revisted in Draft University District Plan

Since kicking off the University District planning process in September, the city’s Planning Division has been compiling input and drafting a land use plan to bring back to the neighborhood for further review. About sixty people attended a meeting on February 11th in which those recommendations were presented. The proposals include new guidelines for density […]

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First Look: Ethyl & Tank

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson First Look: Ethyl & Tank

This past weekend, Ethyl & Tank, campus’ latest multi-spot venue, opened with little advertisement and lots of hype. Curious customers came out in droves to check out the coffeehouse/bar/restaurant/arcade, located at 19 East 13th Avenue, which is still under slight construction. The space can seat about 95 guests, including six seats at Ethyl, the coffee […]

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Bike Lanes Coming to Fourth and Summit/Third Streets

Brent Warren Brent Warren Bike Lanes Coming to Fourth and Summit/Third Streets

A resurfacing project planned for 2015 could have a big impact on how cyclists travel through the University District, Weinland Park, Italian Village and Downtown. The City of Columbus has finalized plans to replace one lane of traffic with a bike lane on both Fourth and Summit Streets, from Hudson Street to I-670. Parking lanes […]


Best Art Gallery of 2013: Wexner Center for the Arts

Walker Evans Walker Evans Best Art Gallery of 2013: Wexner Center for the Arts

The Short North may be known traditionally as the arts district of the city of Columbus, but when we asked our readers about their favorite galleries, less than half of the Top 10 results are actually located in the neighborhood. What that means is that wider support for the arts is penetrating other areas from […]

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Best Movie Theater of 2013: The Gateway Film Center

Walker Evans Walker Evans Best Movie Theater of 2013: The Gateway Film Center

From the megaplexes to the indie one-screen theaters, Columbus is a great city for movie lovers. Most neighborhoods have a local spot to catch movies nearby, and many non-theater venues also host movie nights and outdoor summer viewing events. For our 2013 reader survey, we introduced a new category for the best theater going experience, […]

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Shop Talk: Pur•Suit

Walker Evans Walker Evans Shop Talk: Pur•Suit

When is a pop-up no longer a pop-up? Well, after two years in the South Campus Gateway, men’s clothing store Pursuit is still clinging to the term for the time being. “Originally the concept was a class project while I was in the MBA program at Ohio State and we launched after I graduated,” says […]

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