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Opinion: Preservation Efforts Should be Used for Progress, Not NIMBYism

Josh Lapp Josh Lapp Opinion: Preservation Efforts Should be Used for Progress, Not NIMBYism

Numerous proposals, contentious meetings, and contemptuous rejections characterize the 18-month saga of a proposed development at the corner of Livingston and City Park Avenues on the edge of German Village. Through multiple iterations, the opponents of the hotel have depicted it as “huge” and “alarmingly different” and bemoan further development of the neighborhood remarking that […]

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Opinion: The False Choices of Preservation

Josh Lapp Josh Lapp Opinion: The False Choices of Preservation

When we hear of development in Columbus we are often presented with a choice: no development or no preservation. These stark alternatives are difficult for those who wish to see continued growth, development, and retention of character in the central city. The choice though is false. There is a middle ground that is possible in […]


Opinion: Transit Columbus Supports COTA System Overhaul

Josh Lapp Josh Lapp Opinion: Transit Columbus Supports COTA System Overhaul

Transit Columbus strongly supports the transit system review (TSR) redesign process being developed by the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) that will streamline and improve service. These changes will provide the best coverage for the largest amount of Central Ohioans possible. COTA has the ability to vastly improve access, reliability, frequency, and ridership by revamping […]


Ohio Senate OKs Passenger Rail Plan for 3C Corridor

Josh Lapp Josh Lapp

From The Newark Advocate: Ohio Senate OKs rail plan; GOP still skeptical Republicans who control the Ohio Senate will allow the state to pursue $250 million in federal stimulus funding for passenger rail service between major cities. But they want the full Legislature to approve any construction if Ohio gets the money. The Senate Highways […]


Oktoberfest could move back to German Village

Josh Lapp Josh Lapp

From This Week News: Oktoberfest could move to village By David J Cross Each year, it’s common to hear people question why one of the German Village Society’s major events isn’t held in the village. Those people may just get their wish. Bill Curlis, a society trustee and event chair, announced during a board of […]


The City Center Scheduled for Demolition

Josh Lapp Josh Lapp

From The Dispatch: A Downtown gem when it opened in 1989, the forlorn mall will be torn down by summer BY MARLA MATZER ROSE AND MIKE PRAMIK Columbus City Center is coming down, and Downtown as we know it is about to change. This summer, nearly 20 years after City Center opened as the shining […]


Voinovich joins key spending committee

Josh Lapp Josh Lapp

Sen. George V. Voinovich, R-Ohio, was named today to a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, a post which will allow him to steer federal dollars back to the state. Voinovich, who will retire at the end of 2010, gives up his seat on the foreign relations committee to join the appropriations committe, which must […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!