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Wasted Space in Downtown: Surface Parking at Gay and High

Brent Warren Brent Warren Wasted Space in Downtown: Surface Parking at Gay and High

A series of articles looking at large and under-utilized spaces downtown debuted on Columbus Underground back in 2007. And while some of the spaces we highlighted have been filled since that time and some have not, there is no denying that plenty of parking lots and grass fields with potentially transformative development possibilities remain. In […]

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New Planters Installed Around Capitol Square

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Planters Installed Around Capitol Square

Planters large and small have been popping up on the streets surrounding Capitol Square. The planters, part of a series of streetscape improvements first announced last fall, were installed this spring and are now fully planted with a colorful assortment of flowers. Cleve Ricksecker, Executive Director of the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, expects the […]

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Hardy Cyclists Already Utilizing New Bike Racks Downtown

Brent Warren Brent Warren Hardy Cyclists Already Utilizing New Bike Racks Downtown

A cold winter with plenty of ice and snow hasn’t kept people from trying out the new bike infrastructure that was installed downtown this past fall. “I have noticed a surprising amount of winter use of the downtown u-racks and bike shelters,” says Cleve Ricksecker, Executive Director of the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District. “I […]

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Capitol Square Streetscape Improvements Planned for Spring 2013

Walker Evans Walker Evans Capitol Square Streetscape Improvements Planned for Spring 2013

This winter, the sidewalks surrounding Capitol Square will undergo a transformation as new planters and signage pops up along the streets that surround the Ohio Statehouse. The project is one of several new Downtown initiatives being launched by the team at the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District. “We’ve heard comments from Downtown property owners that […]

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Pearl Alley Facelift Proposed for 2013

Walker Evans Walker Evans Pearl Alley Facelift Proposed for 2013

If the corner of High and Broad is the epicenter of Columbus, then Lynn Street and Pearl Street are the back alley alter ego a half a block away where you can get acquainted with the real culture of the city: ethnic restaurants, graffiti murals and a quirky little farmers market that sells as many […]

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Two-Way, or Not Two-Way

Walker Evans Walker Evans Two-Way, or Not Two-Way

Like many cities, Downtown Columbus is full of one-way streets. Traffic engineers of the mid-twentieth century utilized them as a way of moving as many automobiles as quickly as possible through what were previously congested urban areas. Today, one could argue that one-way streets have done their job a little too well, and have hurt the effectiveness […]

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Capital Crossroads Announces New Biking Facilities

Walker Evans Walker Evans

Image Courtesy Giles Clement Another big announcement coming out of the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District annual meeting this afternoon is that a $490,000 grant was received from the Department of Energy for the addition of new bike facilities throughout Downtown. The grant will fund the development of new bike shelters, bike lockers, and additional […]

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