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Maps, bureau to help sell Downtown hotspots

 KyleEzell
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The Dispatch wrote Maps, bureau sell Downtown

Projects aim to make the center city more welcoming to visitors

Thursday, November 29, 2007

BY MARLA MATZER ROSE

Two key components of the plan are the first Downtown visitors center in nearly four years — it will open next week — and a nearly $1 million project to place visitor-friendly directional signs in the heart of the city.

“You could fit the downtown areas of both Cleveland and Cincinnati in our Downtown,” Brown said. “It’s huge, and it can be hard to get your arms around, even for people who live here in the suburbs of Columbus.”

Each one of the 55 pedestrian information signs that will go up around Downtown in the spring will have the address and phone number of Experience Columbus’ Arena District office. Each of the 8-foot signs will have a map showing attractions, hotels, restaurants and offices within walking distance. Other smaller signs will direct drivers to parking and specific attractions within a block or two radius.

Although the signs end at the boundary of Downtown, Ricksecker hopes they will also aid, and perhaps be adopted by, the districts surrounding Downtown, including German Village and the Short North.

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