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The city’s essence today: ‘It is the people’

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The Columbus Dispatch wrote The city’s essence today: ‘It is the people’ Monday, October 8, 2007 By Michael Curtin The heart and soul of Columbus? Its people. We asked in anticipation of Columbus Day, the annual commemoration of the date in 1492 that the city’s namesake arrived in the New World. We wanted to know […]


Streetcar Proposal: Now with 100% more OSU

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For the past seven months I’ve been complaining that the Columbus Streetcar Plan Doesn’t Go to OSU. Well, today I got to ask Mayor Coleman in person… “Why does the current streetcar proposal not reach up to OSU during phase one when the campus population is arguably one of the most transit-challenged demographics in all […]


Columbus and 10 suburbs sign ‘green pact’

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The Columbus Dispatch wrote Columbus, 10 suburbs sign ‘green pact’ They pledged to recycle, promote redevelopment, reduce emissions Friday, October 5, 2007 By Robert Vitale Leaders of 11 central Ohio cities and villages signed a regional agreement yesterday pledging to recycle more, pollute less and make their government operations more environmentally friendly. The “green pact” […]


Columbus is the 3rd most stable housing market


I just read this today on Yahoo Finance. Good news for us if we can manage to dodge the credit crunch bullet. finance.yahoo.com wrote America’s Most Stable Housing Markets by Matt Woolsey Thursday, October 4, 2007 Nationwide, home prices are falling, sales are sluggish and the number of foreclosures is mounting. Ask any economist and […]


The city of Gahanna won’t support rail-hub study

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This Week News wrote Council: City won’t support rail-hub study Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007 By TARA STUBBS-FIGURSKI Gahanna City Council voted 4-3 Monday night to reject a request to pass a resolution of support for an Ohio Rail Hub study. The Ohio Rail Commission requested that Gahanna join 25 Ohio communities and organizations in supporting […]


Danger zones lurk for cyclists on Columbus streets

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The Columbus Dispatch wrote Danger zones lurk for cyclists Wednesday, October 3, 2007 By Tim Doulin The roughly 7-mile stretch of High Street from Downtown to Morse Road had the most bicycle-vehicle crashes, 105, in central Ohio over a five-year period beginning in 2000, according to the MORPC report. The agency’s 2006 Regional Bicycle Transportation […]


Former Salvation Army thrift store going condo


An article in this week’s Business First shows a rendering of the new condos that are going to be developed in the old Salvation Army thrift store building in the Brewery District by Edwards Cos. Jeff Edwards is quoted as saying, “We think that of all the buildings we’ve renovated in the Brewery District over […]


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The 6th Annual Columbus Dessert Festival Returns!