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Dublin Partners with Microtransit Startup SHARE for a More Mobile Workforce

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Dublin Partners with Microtransit Startup SHARE for a More Mobile Workforce

The city of Dublin has traditionally been a place where central Ohio area employees needed a car to get to and from work. There is only limited access to COTA bus lines, and those that do ride have to change buses multiple times, walk, and/or take a Lyft or Uber from their bus stop to […]

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Next Step for the Hyperloop? A $500 Million Test Track

Brent Warren Brent Warren Next Step for the Hyperloop? A $500 Million Test Track

An XP-1 Hyperloop pod was unveiled yesterday morning in a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside COSI. It was the first of several events being held this week to promote the futuristic technology and the possibility that Columbus could be involved in its inaugural line. The pod being displayed (yesterday it was at COSI, today it will be […]

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First Look: The Nicholas

Brent Warren Brent Warren First Look: The Nicholas

The first residents have moved into the Nicholas, a 230-unit mixed-use development that has filled in one of the last large gaps along High Street Downtown. The building, which occupies the entire west side of High Street between Gay and Long Streets, replaced what for decades was a large surface parking lot. Apartments in the […]

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The Trove of Ancient Monuments in Columbus’ Backyard

Bucky Cutright Bucky Cutright The Trove of Ancient Monuments in Columbus’ Backyard

When you think of ancient sacred monuments, what places come to mind? Machu Picchu? Angkor Wat? Stonehenge? Giza?  How about Ohio? That’s right. Ohio. Not only has the Buckeye state produced ideas like the lightbulb, bubble gum and flight, along with a preponderance of presidents and astronauts, but it’s also home to spectacular structures from […]

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The Kilbourne Project: The Four Families that are Revitalizing an Entire Town

Randi Walle Randi Walle The Kilbourne Project: The Four Families that are Revitalizing an Entire Town

Have you and your friends ever talked about buying a big piece of land and building houses near each other? For college friends Garrett Gandee, Nate Hatfield, and Aaron Heydinger that idea became their reality. But they didn’t stop with just buying land for their homes; they teamed up with another local business owner, Josh […]

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Thinking Outside the Big Box: Why Buying Local is Better

Jaszmine Davis Jaszmine Davis Thinking Outside the Big Box: Why Buying Local is Better

Giant businesses and big box retailers across the U.S. are closing their doors because consumers are shouting “local, local, local.” While you may end up spending a few extra dollars at the neighborhood boutique down the street, what you don’t know is that those few extra dollars will actually stay local, circulate faster within the […]

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New Plan Will Direct Affordable Housing Funds

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Plan Will Direct Affordable Housing Funds

This year has seen two high-profile commitments to addressing the shortage of affordable housing in Central Ohio – the establishment of a $100 million Housing Fund in June and the allocation of $50 million toward the cause from a bond package approved by Columbus voters in May. Details about how exactly that money will be […]

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