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    City won’t mark Parsons Avenue parking for now

    By Mark Ferenchik

    The Columbus Dispatch

    Sunday October 30, 2011

    Parsons is now two lanes in each direction with no center turn lane. Drivers often treat it like a slalom course, weaving around cars trying to turn left onto side streets or into businesses, while also avoiding parked cars on the right.

    A 2010 Parsons Avenue traffic study recommended a $2 million facelift from Livingston Avenue south to Hosack Street. The city wants to resurface the street and create parking zones that alternate from one side of the street to the other.

    The city would convert Parsons to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane. But the city has no money budgeted for the project, said Patti Austin, the planning and operations administrator in the city’s traffic division.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/10/30/city-wont-mark-parsons-avenue-parking-for-now.html

    #467535
    Caleb
    Caleb
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    Um, is the city stupid? Sorry but the money would possible prevent crashes and may save a life or two if a person was in it. Find the money.

    #467536

    melikecheese
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    So if people can’t figure out that you can park in the left lane while cars are sitting in the lane parked, some lines on the road, and non-consistent parking sections are supposed to solve the problem?

    While the center turn lane should help a bit, I still see people going around those driving the 25 MPH speed limit into the parking lanes. Technically you can’t take a left at half the intersections people already do, turning lane may make that worse. Then you have the whole problem with people walking in the street (not sure what it is about Parsons that makes people want to walk and hang out in the street.)

    Why not make some public parking areas in some of the empty surface lots? Like you see in the short north?

    #467537

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    Press Release:
    Mayor Coleman, City Councilmembers Paley and Klein, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and South Side Residents Celebrate Completion of Parsons-Livingston Avenue Intersection Improvements

    Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Councilmembers Eileen Y. Paley and Zachary M. Klein, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Senior Vice President for Strategic and Facilities Planning Patty McClimon and Southside neighborhood leaders today celebrated completion of improvements to the Parsons and Livingston avenues intersection. The widened and improved intersection coincides with Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s improvements and expansion on the northeast and northwest corners or the intersection.

    “Our investment of federal stimulus dollars at the Parsons-Livingston intersection, combined with Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s improvements, is a catalyst for jobs and economic development,” Mayor Coleman said. “We selected this intersection for pedestrian and other safety improvements because it is the gateway to Columbus’ Southside.”

    The intersection improvements include the widening and full replacement of the roadway on Parsons Avenue between Kennedy Drive and Jackson Street between and Livingston Avenue between Ohio Avenue and 9th Street. Additional pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements within the boundaries of the project include new sidewalks, Americans with Disabilities-compliant curb ramps, bicycle lanes, upgraded traffic signals and new street lighting. The improvements were funded by $15 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 dollars, administered through the Ohio Department of Transportation.

    “The rebuilding of the Livingston-Parsons intersection is an exciting step forward for all of South Columbus,” Columbus South Side Area Commission Chair Jim Griffin said. “The new Nationwide Children’s inpatient tower will open next June. Childrens’ has also taken the lead in revitalizing the neighborhood around its campus. New homes are planned for Innis Avenue. New retail and senior housing are also planned for the Reeb-Hosack neighborhood. South Columbus is embarking on great projects that will improve all of our neighborhoods.”

    The Nationwide Children’s Hospital improvements, when completed in 2012, will add one million square feet in clinical and research space to the hospital’s previously-existing two million square feet. The $800 million investment in the hospital’s improvements were funded through internal support, bonds and philanthropy and, upon completion, are expected to create 2,000 new jobs.

    “We are delighted that this much needed improvement project is complete,” said Patty McClimon, senior vice president, Strategic and Facilities Planning at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “These roadway improvements will support the economic development happening in the Southside of Columbus by improving access and quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors. We are particularly grateful that these improvements support our growth with the opening of our new main hospital and third research building in 2012, as well as the one million patient visits we anticipate next year.”

    Roadway, curb and sidewalk improvements in the Parsons and Livingston Avenues intersection project are completed. The marking of some crosswalk, planting of street trees and other minor remaining work is expected to be completed by the end of October.

    #467538
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Columbus Mayor Announces South Side Renewal Plan
    March 1, 2012
    by Mandie Trimble
    89.7 NPR News Reporter

    The bicentennial State of the City address, given last night by Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, focused on the renewal happening in some of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods. And as WOSU reports, the mayor introduced a plan to revitalize the one of the city’s most overlooked communities.

    While much of the city has been gearing up for Columbus’ 200th birthday, there are some neighborhoods that have lacked a reason to celebrate.

    READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/news/2012/03/01/columbus-mayor-announces-south-side-renewal-plan/

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Columbus Mayor Announces South Side Renewal Plan
    March 1, 2012
    by Mandie Trimble
    89.7 NPR News Reporter

    The bicentennial State of the City address, given last night by Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, focused on the renewal happening in some of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods. And as WOSU reports, the mayor introduced a plan to revitalize the one of the city’s most overlooked communities.

    While much of the city has been gearing up for Columbus’ 200th birthday, there are some neighborhoods that have lacked a reason to celebrate.

    READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/news/2012/03/01/columbus-mayor-announces-south-side-renewal-plan/

    #467540

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    Columbus Mayor Announces South Side Renewal Plan
    March 1, 2012
    by Mandie Trimble
    89.7 NPR News Reporter

    The bicentennial State of the City address, given last night by Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, focused on the renewal happening in some of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods. And as WOSU reports, the mayor introduced a plan to revitalize the one of the city’s most overlooked communities.

    While much of the city has been gearing up for Columbus’ 200th birthday, there are some neighborhoods that have lacked a reason to celebrate.

    READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/news/2012/03/01/columbus-mayor-announces-south-side-renewal-plan/

    #467541

    leftovers
    Member

    The 3.2 million is nice, but think of all the millions upon millions upon millions that have been spent by OSU (South Campus Gateway), the state, city and developers (wagenbrenner, kroger, etc) in the postage stamp sized neighborhood of Weinland Park. Even with all of that money and political attention progress has been slow.

    My point being that if change is to happen in such a large area as the South Side a lot more attention needs to be forthcoming.

    #467542

    joev
    Participant

    It’s smart to focus on the Parson’s corridor. The prosperity and investment west of it could easily spill over to the east, and the street itself has a great commercial infrastructure.

    #467543
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    joev said:
    the street itself has a great commercial infrastructure.

    I somewhat disagree. There are a lot of great commercial properties along the street, but they’re broken up by single family homes in between. And the street itself needs better permanent on-street parking adjacent to existing commercial properties and more stoplights at intersections to make for safer pedestrian crossing.

    Parsons will never reach its potential if cars continue to speed at 30+ mph, weaving back and forth between lanes to dodge parked cars on the right and left-hand-turners on the left.

    #467544

    joev
    Participant

    It’s got a better commercial infrastructure than any other street on the South Side, High included.

    #467545
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    I agree with that.

    #467546

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    South Side Business Owners Hope For Best As Mayor Plans Revival
    March 1, 2012
    by Mandie Trimble
    89.7 NPR News Reporter

    In his annual state of the city address, Mayor Michael Coleman put a priority on revitalizing the city’s south side. But as WOSU reports, the mayor’s plan drew skepticism from some business owners along Parsons Avenue.

    READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/news/2012/03/01/south-side-business-owners-hope-for-best-as-mayor-plans-revival/

    #467547

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    March 8, 2012 — 11:00 am
    South Side Neighborhood and Development

    The South Side doesn’t seem to have much to celebrate during Columbus’ Bicentennial this year. The area’s unemployment rate is 20 percent and a quarter of its residents lives in poverty. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman announced a plan to help the area. On this hour of “All Sides,” we’ll talk about the struggling South Side of Columbus.

    Guests
    Mark Ferenchik (Urban Affairs and Neighborhood Reporter, Columbus Dispatch)
    Bob Leighty (President-elect, Parsons Avenue Merchants Association)
    Donna Bates (community activist)

    READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/allsides/south-side-neighborhood-and-development/

    #467548

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    Grotes’ Dough-nation
    Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 11:32 am | Updated: 12:50 pm, Wed May 9, 2012.
    By Jennifer Wray

    Nearly 50 years ago, Jim Grote borrowed $1,300 from his father and in-laws to buy a small pizzeria on Thurman Avenue. Now, Grote, whose Donatos Pizza has nearly 200 restaurants in five states, is slinging some dough back into the low-income South Side neighborhood.

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusceo.com/bizbuzz/article_eee99d7c-99f4-11e1-afb7-0019bb30f31a.html

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