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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates in Columbus

The response to the Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve rapidly, day-by-day. Below is a list of news and updates relating to Columbus and the State of Ohio’s response to the pandemic. Find a general timeline of events, resources for aid, a list of cancellations and more. This list will continue to be amended as new […]

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Photos: The Avett Brothers at Express Live!

It’s been a loooooong 16 months of cancelled tours, live streams, socially distanced shows and the occasional drive-in experience. Yet, for PromoWest it’s been total silence across the company’s ever-growing list of venues since lockdown put the breaks on most touring bands. Thankfully, those 16 months of silence came to an end on Friday evening […]

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King and High Project Approved After Two-Year Process

A plan to redevelop the southwest corner of King Avenue and North High Street was approved last night by the University Impact Review Board (UIDRB). The approval comes after a long and at times contentious process in which the development team floated many different concepts and design iterations for the prominent corner. Subtext, the St. […]

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First Look: Pelino’s Pasta

Pelino’s Pasta is ready to bring an authentic taste of Italy to King Avenue. The previously traveling enterprise and pasta pop-up will make things permanent with their first brick-and-mortar restaurant. Owners Vinny and Christina Pelino transformed the former home of Yellow Brick Pizza at 245 King Ave., and will celebrate the grand opening of Pelino’s […]

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Opinion: Columbus’ Identity Crisis and its Media 

Columbus is a city in search of itself. “Cap City” lacks an identifying and unifying identity. Neither site of the state capital nor home of Ohio State football carries that weight. Nor does ranking in the top 20-25 largest U.S. cities. A sign of its insecurity comes in the habit of its institutions claiming to […]

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The Confluence Cast: Poet Maggie Smith

Everyone has the opportunity to document their lives in their own ways. On the eve of the release of her latest collection of work, I spoke with Columbus-based poet Maggie Smith. We discussed how she writes, how the publishing industry works, the inspirations for her work, and why she chooses to stay in Columbus.

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Old and New, Good and Bad in Theaters

Well, this week’s big releases are middling, but man there are some great indies out there this week if you know where to look. Luckily, we have that intel for you. Here’s the skinny. Old In theaters by George Wolf The last 20 some odd years have been somewhat odd for M. Night Shyamalan. There […]

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Easton Town Center Adds Two New Stores to Replace Recent Closures

Last week, representatives at Easton Town Center welcomed the addition of two new brands to the shopping center’s lineup: Gilly Hicks and Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters is no stranger to the Columbus region, having operated a University District location adjacent to The Ohio State University since 1998. After 23 years of calling 1782 N. High St. […]

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Planners Outline Vision for Connecting, Enhancing River Corridors

A group of Columbus-based planners were tasked with coming up with new ideas for the region’s five major river corridors. The results of those efforts were presented to the Columbus Metropolitan Club last night, and are also now available for anyone to look at and comment on at rapid5.org. The project is the latest effort […]

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Columbus Partnership Announces New CEO for 2022

Last week the Columbus Partnership announced a change in leadership for the first time in 13 years with the news that CEO and President Alex Fischer would be exiting his role at the start of next year. Fischer will transition into an advisor position with the organization while Kenny McDonald steps into the role as new […]

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Mayor Announces $400,000 in New Funding for Initiatives to Reduce Violent Crime

Mayor Andrew Ginther has announced $400,000 in funding for two crime reduction programs led by Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Jessica D’Varga and Franklin County Prosecutor Gary Tyack. The programs are “designed to ensure public safety and reduce recidivism by providing support and resources to help mostly non-violent offenders successfully navigate and emerge from their […]

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Mega Weekend – Beerfest, Cat Videos, Garden Tours & More!
Try some new beer this weekend! Photo by ELEVATE from Pexels.

Enjoy a summery weekend! Make sure you get tickets to the Columbus Coffee Festival as some sessions are selling out! Have a great weekend. Music & Nightlife Dance to Meduza at Bluestone.Polaris’ Music Series features Fabulous Johnson Brothers.Check out some comedy at Crafted Culture Brewing!Catch Folquinox at The Rambling House.Secret Studio has more music on Saturday night.Michael Bolton plays Picnic with the Pops.Dance to Ardalan at The Forum. Fun Things […]

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COTA to Buy Greyhound Station, ‘Substantial’ Development Planned for Site

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is in contract to buy the Greyhound station Downtown for $9.5 million. The agency plans to tear down the aging facility and wants to see a mixed-use, transit-oriented development constructed on the 2.5-acre site, although there are many details still to be worked out about who would oversee the project […]

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104 People Accused of Voting, Registering Illegally in Ohio Could Face Prosecution

BY: TYLER BUCHANAN  More than 100 non-citizens could face penalties for having cast ballots or being illegally registered to vote during the 2020 election cycle, but it may take years to fully investigate and prosecute them. Secretary of State Frank LaRose recently announced plans to refer 104 cases of non-citizens being illegally registered to vote and […]

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Photos: Columbus Crew vs. Nashville SC

Columbus Crew huffed and puffed and did everything but put the ball in the net as a defiant Nashville SC held the black and gold to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday night at Lower.com Field. The Crew are still without Gyasi Zardes, and his absence was noticed as Columbus looked off the pace and lacking […]

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Council Announces Effort to Curb Illegal ATV and Dirt Bike Operation

On Wednesday, July 21, Columbus City Council announced legislative and enforcement efforts to curb “reckless” and illegal ATV and dirt bike operation throughout the city. The efforts include new legislation charging reckless operating of an ATV or dirt bike with a fine of up to $1,000 and police confiscation of the vehicle. “Since the beginning […]

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CCAD Celebrates 20 Years of its Iconic Art Sign

Columbus College of Art & Design’s 100-foot tall steel ART sign has become synonymous with Columbus itself, a symbol of the Columbus arts scene used in everything from city marketing to student photo-ops. This summer the art sign — which is technically a sculpture — celebrates 20 years as an enduring image of Columbus and a […]

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15-Story Building Proposed for Downtown
rendering of proposed building at 100 North High Street

A new proposal calls for replacing a surface parking lot in a key location Downtown with a 15-story building. The building, at 100 N. High St., would hold 152 residential units over a multi-level parking garage that appears to have room for well over 350 cars. The building would also feature some commercial space on […]

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Rise Brands Debuting Weenie Wonder at Bridge Park

Rise Brands’ latest concept will serve up a heavy dose of nostalgia, but this time not through games or cocktails, but hot dogs, jojos and milkshakes. The company behind PINS Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade is venturing into food territory with its first restaurant, Weenie Wonder. Founder Troy Allen says the concept has […]

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Opposition from Abbott Leads to Delay in Kroger Bakery Proposal

The developers trying to turn the former Kroger bakery site north of Downtown into a 448-unit apartment complex have seen the proposal tabled twice in the last two months by the Development Commission. The main opposition to the project is from Abbott Laboratories, the now-global corporation that has been operating next door to the Kroger […]

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Treat to Try: Lil Donut Factory

There are basically two types of donut purveyors in the Columbus Market. There are DIY shops, ones that use a single-recipe donut base as a foundation for frostings and sprinkles that guests customize on the spot. And then there are donut shops that cook up varied donut base recipes, frost them, and then arrange them in […]

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650K Lead Pipes Still Carry Water In Ohio; 2nd Most in US, Report Says

By Jake Zuckerman As many as 650,000 lead pipes statewide deliver water to Ohioans, according to a report released last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council. This makes Ohio the second-worst state in the nation as measured by the estimated number of lead pipes (technically known as lead-containing service lines) in the water system, behind […]

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Fatal Overdoses Leapt 22% in Ohio Last Year, According to New Data

By Jake Zuckerman At least 5,215 Ohioans fatally overdosed on drugs last year according to new government data, a nearly 22% increase over 2019 numbers. The data, released Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics, shows the Ohio uptick was more modest than the national rate. More than 93,000 Americans fatally overdosed in 2020, a staggering […]

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NEXT: The Future of Retirement

A useful way to track changes in society is to look at the history of words, and especially the history of the changing meaning of words. Take the words “liberal” and “conservative” for example, which in the 19th century had very different meanings from those today. In the 19th century, a “liberal” was someone who favored […]

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City’s License Section to Reopen with New Short-Term Rental Rules

Columbus City Council has amended the Columbus City Code to strengthen enforcement of short-term rentals and cut down on problematic hosts and properties. New provisions to city code in relation to short-term rentals — i.e. Airbnbs, Vrbo rentals, hotels and motels, and the like — expand the city’s ability to investigate when complaints are made and […]

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DeWine Signs Bill Temporarily Banning School COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

By Jake Zuckerman Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Wednesday that could block schools from mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for the fall. In the dying moments of the final legislative session before a summer recess, lawmakers tacked the vaccine provision as an amendment onto an unrelated bill regarding educational opportunities for military children. The amendment: Forbids public K-12 schools and […]

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