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Sullivant Avenue Public Art Project Prepares Hilltop Residents for Improvements, ‘Brightens Up’ Area

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Sullivant Avenue Public Art Project Prepares Hilltop Residents for Improvements, ‘Brightens Up’ Area

Along with the $10 million in improvements on Sullivant Avenue — including new sidewalks, improved streetlights, traffic signals, bus bulbs and parklets set to be underway next year — is a $200,000 public art project to get residents ready for the changes, and liven up the street. Sullivant Bright is a project by Designing Local […]

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The Confluence Cast: Architecture & Design Firm JBAD

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Architecture & Design Firm JBAD

The work of architects has an impact on our lives every day. But how does that work get done? This week, we’re talking architecture and development with the principal of architecture and design firm JBAD, Jonathan Barnes. We discussed how architecture firms work, the importance of relationships, the issues that should be kept in mind […]

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Child Care Leaders ‘Outraged’ at Ohio Senate’s Removal of Quality System in Budget Proposal

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Child Care Leaders ‘Outraged’ at Ohio Senate’s Removal of Quality System in Budget Proposal

By Susan Tebben The removal of the Step Up to Quality child care standards system as proposed in the Ohio Senate’s version of the budget was not only against the wishes of some child care leaders, but also came without any warning. “It was calculated,” said Dawn Blalock, co-owner of the Little Miracles Early Development Center. […]

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Educators Favor House School Funding Overhaul Over Senate Version

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Educators Favor House School Funding Overhaul Over Senate Version

By Susan Tebben Officials representing Ohio’s teachers say the Senate’s new version of the public school funding overhaul leaves much to be desired, unlike the House version it would replace. “It is a matter of political will and it’s a matter of priorities, and prioritizing public education just doesn’t seem to be where the Senate is […]

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New Leaders of Downtown Group to Focus on Affordable Housing, Safety

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Leaders of Downtown Group to Focus on Affordable Housing, Safety

The Columbus Downtown Development Commission now has a new leadership team to go along with a newly-reconfigured board and a new directive from the mayor’s office to push for an “equitable recovery” for the region’s core. Greg Davies, who most recently worked for the Columbus Partnership and previously served as Mayor Andrew Ginther’s Chief of […]

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Answering Questions on the Energy Aggregation Initiative

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Answering Questions on the Energy Aggregation Initiative

With the adoption of the Columbus community choice aggregation program Clean Energy Columbus this month, there are still some lingering questions readers might have about how it works — including how to compare their energy supply price, what this means for customers of commercial providers versus customers of the City of Columbus Division of Power, […]

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Renovation Plan Floated for Short North Building

Brent Warren Brent Warren Renovation Plan Floated for Short North Building

A new proposal for a prominent Short North building will be heard by the Italian Village Commission next week. The building, at 608 N. High St., was once home to Callandar Cleaners and several other businesses stretching along the pedestrian-only East Poplar Avenue. The plan calls for a new glass structure on the roof of […]

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