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City Sets First Rules for Scooters, More to Come

Brent Warren Brent Warren City Sets First Rules for Scooters, More to Come

The City of Columbus released its first set of rules for companies operating “shared mobility devices,” its term for electric scooters, dockless bikes and other types of small vehicles that have yet to be deployed here but may be in the future. Companies like Bird and Lime, which both brought their rentable scooters to Columbus […]

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Smart Columbus Update: More Funding Secured, New “Chief Innovation Officer” to Lead Effort

Brent Warren Brent Warren Smart Columbus Update: More Funding Secured, New “Chief Innovation Officer” to Lead Effort

When Columbus was announced as the winner of the $40 million federal Smart City grant last summer, much was made of the additional $90 million in matching resources that were secured from local corporate and institutional partners. The city announced last week that it has secured additional commitments, growing the total pot of monetary and […]

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Indianola in Clintonville to Get Road Diet, Bike Lanes in 2017

Brent Warren Brent Warren Indianola in Clintonville to Get Road Diet, Bike Lanes in 2017

A plan to change the configuration of Indianola Avenue in Clintonville is now moving forward, over 13 years after first being proposed in a neighborhood planning document. The segment of the road between North Broadway and Morse Road – which currently has four lanes, two running in each direction – will be rearranged to accommodate […]

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Work Starting at 3rd and High, Smart Car-Only Parking Nixed by City

Brent Warren Brent Warren Work Starting at 3rd and High, Smart Car-Only Parking Nixed by City

The six-story apartment building that will soon start to rise at the southwest corner of West Third Avenue and North High Street will not feature the smart car-only parking garage that was originally proposed for the project. Adam Trautner, Vice President of The Stonehenge Company, the developer of the project, said that “pushback from the […]

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Release of Transit Recommendations Delayed

Brent Warren Brent Warren Release of Transit Recommendations Delayed

The release of the final recommendations from a pair of high-profile plans meant to set the agenda for Columbus’ transit future has been delayed. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), which started holding public meetings in April of last year for its NextGen initiative, had indicated as recently as last fall that a final report was […]

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Plan for Sidewalks and Path Along West Third Avenue Moving Forward

Brent Warren Brent Warren Plan for Sidewalks and Path Along West Third Avenue Moving Forward

A much-needed infrastructure upgrade for a small portion of West Third Avenue just west of Olentangy River Road appears to be moving forward, more than three years after it was first proposed. The Columbus City Council on Monday approved enabling legislation for the project, which will add a sidewalk along the north side of Third […]

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Work Begins on Parsons Avenue Streetscape Project

Walker Evans Walker Evans Work Begins on Parsons Avenue Streetscape Project

The stretch of Parsons Avenue that runs through Olde Towne East is getting a makeover. Workers recently began tearing up portions of the street between Franklin Avenue and Broad Street to begin burying utility lines. The project, originally announced in late 2014, was set to begin in mid-2015, but was delayed due to some changes. […]

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