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The faster a city grows, the less ability the existing infrastructure can accommodate the influx, which contributes to why ‘boomtowns’ see such rapid, large-scale development. All those new people need a place to live. Columbus has benefitted from moderate growth over a sustained period rather than rapid growth ‘overnight’. With the strain on existing accommodations smaller in Columbus (compared to cities like Austin/Charlotte), the need for new development is also smaller. The ‘downside’ of slower growth might be we see fewer “large-scale” projects, but we also don’t have the traffic congestion that those cities experience when their street/freeway system doesn’t expand as quickly as their population.
Even with all the recent development across the board that has eaten away at the number of surface parking lots (from the Arena District all the way to RiverSouth), our downtown is still awash with swaths of surface parking lots. I find it an embarrassment. Hypothetically, if I could choose between developing one 14 story building or two seven story buildings downtown…right now, at this point in our city’s development, I’d vote for two 7 story buildings. Not because I’m anti-skyscraper, but because I want those surface parking lots gone, and shorter developments (but not too short…aka 4 or less stories), seems to be working at this point in our city’s evolution. 15-20 yrs from now, if the vast swaths of parking lots diminish as a result, and I can’t see 3 blocks over through the gap-toothed cityscape when I walk down the street, THEN I’ll start taking a stand that 14 story towers are the way to go. We’re not there yet. I would LOVE to see higher developments being announced…but they aren’t happening (for now). Knowing that each and every 5 to 8 story development that goes in adds more momentum towards the city finally reaching that tipping point allows me to overlook the fact a high profile location like High & Gay won’t be as vertical as I’d like. But for the record, if Edwards is reading this and is listening to our feedback, I’d love for them to go more vertical, but won’t hold it against them if they don’t.
<P>Man, Deveroe’s, Montgomery Inn, Jeff Wyler and now LaRosas in less than five years. The Cincinnatians are taking over. </P>
Let’s not forget, Columbus routinuely sends our fair share of exports down I-71…Donatos, City BBQ, Piada, Jenni’s, Bravo…I won’t even mention more traditional chains based here. Its definitely a two-way street…
I feel the comments here that wish this development would be taller are misplaced. Its fine to want taller buildings built, but that should have its own thread. To feel disappointed that a surface parking lot that’s been there for 30+ years is getting replaced w/ a 7 story project that provides both housing and street-level retail?? A thought to help put this ‘disappointment’ into perspective…how many other proposals have been put forward on this site, or ANYWHERE downtown, that would suffice the ‘taller’ design stipulation? The market will dictate when/if high-rises get built in town…not disappointed CU postings. Until then, an infill project of this magnitude is perfectly welcomed, IMO.
This is truly good news! That 2 city-block long surface parking lot a mere block north of Broad & High has been black hole in the middle of our downtown fabric since before I moved here in the early ’80s. It has always been one of the ‘top 4’ gaps that I felt needed to be developed in order to bring about synergy across downtown (along with the lot north of the Atlas building on High, the lot next to the Distpatch building across from the statehouse on 3rd, and the entire parking lot prairie that is transitioning into RiverSouth). This project is a wonderful infill project…height to match the surrounding cityscape, ground floor retail, parking without looking/feeling like parking, and housing. Hopefully we’ll see development announced soon at the remaining lot next door…
My inlaws lived on the north side of DC for 10 years before moving to Columbus last summer. My wife and I took occassional jaunts w/ our boys up to Baltimore while visiting them over the years (its only 40 min to downtown from their house…pending traffic :-)
Depending on the age of your kids, I would highly recommend the following, all of which are centered around the Inner Harbor at the heart of downtown:
– hit the Baltimore Visitors Center on the west side of the harbor…very close to where your hotel is
– above anything else, you really do need to hit the National Aquarium…seriously
– take a water taxi across to Fort McHenry, great historical site w/ amazing view of the city
– USS Constellation & nearby ships (you can get a ticket to board/tour various ships/submarines around the harbor…our boys loved this!!
– grab crab cakes or steamed crab at one of the restaurants overlooking the harbor (there are several small glass enclosed malls dotted around the harbor, with restaurants being a main component)
– rent a paddle boat and tour the harbor
– hit the Maryland Science Center (if you have a Cosi membership, its free!!)
– a few blocks north of the harbor, I highly recommend the Port Discovery Childrens Museum (only if you have tweens or younger)
– take in an Orioles game…even if you’re only a casual baseball fan, its worth it
We never ventured out further into the city, so my recommendations stop there. Have fun, you will be amazed how much that city has to offer. It gets overshadowed by its larger neighbors to the north (Philly) & south (DC), but it is a perfect long weekend getaway for sure!!April 1, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am in reply to: Crafty Pint — Old Hoggy's / Gallo's Location at 161 & Linworth #1002015
I was disappointed to see Gallo didn’t even last a year in the space…I enjoyed their food the couple of times I ate there, but had to admit the prices were too high for me to be a regular (ex. $26 for a rack of ribs). I was curious to see if they could carve out a niche, given the bounty of good BBQ joints around town…alas, no. I look forward to the next incarnation of this spot…
Soooo glad this treasure is making its way out of mothball status and back into rotation!!! Every science center worth its merit should have a planetarium…thanks COSI!! I was very disappointed when it was forced into storage for financial reasons a mere 5 years after the new building opened. We shouldn’t forget the financial mismanagement mess that caused so much of COSI’s woes over the past decade (to ensure it is not repeated), but thrilled that they’ve turned the corner and have a financial/business plan that not only allows them to survive, but in this case THRIVE. Very happy to read this :-)
I took the fam here for the first time last Sunday for lunch, along w/ my sis & her clan, before heading over to the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at COSI. Combined, 9 of us, mind you. It was like dying and going to heaven…the only time we ever accomplished this feat at the downtown location was when the stars aligned and we got everyone seated at the bar (which we had a near monopoly on as a result). This place isn’t twice as big as the original location, its a good 3…dare I say 4 times bigger. Living in Worthington, its definitely a bit more difficult to get to, but its TOTALLY worth it to avoid the round-the-block wait…especially when you have small kids. Very impressed they were able to keep the same querky vibe as the original. I really hope this place helps other local businesses set up/expand nearby…the Hilltop/Westgate area has never been on my radar to visit. DF’s is helping change that :-)
3 thoughts after seeing the updated diagrams:
1) Easton Gateway looks nearly identical in layout to the retail center directly west of the Town Center complex (where Dick’s is currently), minus a central ‘mini-hub’. Wonder if they’ll consider adding such a feature to that center in the future?
2) Glad to see the open spaces surrounding the core retail districts finally getting defined uses…the addition of large-scale housing to fill in the gaps will help give the whole Easton area a more walkable, urban feel.
3) Looking at how little undeveloped land will be left after this phase gets built out, its no wonder why Easton was so intent on taking ownership of the Shriner’s temple land. They obviously know what they’re doing.
Super Mega Jumbo US Brewery Map:
Looks fairly current for Columbus. ;) Couple of omissions.
Pretty cool!! I appreciate that its not realistic to expect the map to show EVERY craft brewer in the country, so take this with a grain of reality…BUT, I find it ironic that two of the oldest, well-established brewers in town (Columbus Brewing and Barley’s) are missing. Again, pretty cool map!!
+1 to all the comments that counter the proposed $0.50 fee. Between advertisement income, downtown merchants contributing (who will hopefully see the direct benefits of increased business) and city funds (a drop in the bucket compared to the circus that our neighbors down in Cincy are dealing with), this needs to be FREE. Seriously, who carries exact change around in 2014?!!January 22, 2014 4:05 pm at 4:05 pm in reply to: LC RiverSouth – 8-Story & 10-Story Apartment Buildings at High & Rich #520959
Given how many buildings have been raised in the central business district since the ’50s (thankfully a trend that has decreased drastically in recent decades), its worth having a healthy dose of concern, Pro Se. To make you feel better, the Ibiza disaster came during the high of the real estate bubble/crash 5-6 yrs ago. Banks require so much more protection against these situations that funding is not nearly as big a concern as it was just a few years back.
These events are great news for the local economy! I suspect most folks in town don’t truly appreciate that the Greater Columbus Sports Commission and the Convention Center are two of the primary drivers of tourism in the metro area. Without beaches or mountains as a natural draw, its these type of events that bring in people to our region. Keep up the good work!!
@ Red Storm – Columbus hosted the Frozen Four 8 yrs ago. Hopefully we’ll see it return some day, but looking thru Wiki, none of the other cities that have hosted in the past 10 yrs have seen a repeat visit yet either.
It would strike me as odd that Michael Waltrip would come here to promote a dead project, no? Seems someone with his clout would have better things to do. I suspect we’ll get some soundbites, if not a sitdown interview, published locally on the SPARC project as a result of the fundraiser.