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Downtown living has perks, say residents

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The Columbus Dispatch wrote Downtown living has perks, say residents

Sunday, September 30, 2007

By Debbie Gebolys

Nearly halfway through Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s 10-year plan to add 10,000 Downtown housing units, the city announced plans last week to buy downtrodden Columbus City Center. A day earlier, developers of just-built Carlyles Watch said they’ll auction up to 24 unsold condos to cash out of Downtown.

From 2000 through 2006, an estimated 1,000 people moved Downtown. The 29 percent jump was the first population increase there in 50 years.

Despite a national housing slump, 88 homes in Downtown proper have sold this year. That’s more than twice as many than sold this year in an area south of Downtown that includes German Village, the Brewery District, Schumacher Place and Merion Village.

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