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Opinion: Large SUVs And Pickups Are a Safety Hazard in Cities

Jess Mathews Jess Mathews Opinion: Large SUVs And Pickups Are a Safety Hazard in Cities

The large SUVs and obnoxiously-sized pickup trucks that are clogging our streets…I cringe at them. Any time I see one, not only do I cringe, but I am reminded that the car manufacturers are getting away with murder. Literally. Federal regulators (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) have known since 2015 that these larger SUVs and […]

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Pop-Up Project will Transform RiverSouth Alley to Pedestrian Space

Walker Evans Walker Evans Pop-Up Project will Transform RiverSouth Alley to Pedestrian Space

In just a couple of weeks, an underutilized alleyway in the RiverSouth neighborhood will take on a new life as a temporary pedestrian-centric outdoor amenity space, thanks to Transit Columbus — the same group that is currently installing the Parklet Project on Gay Street. Starting on June 9th, the block of West Cherry Street between […]

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Parklet Project Coming to Gay Street This Summer

Walker Evans Walker Evans Parklet Project Coming to Gay Street This Summer

The Downtown Parklet Project is relocating this year, moving from South Fourth Street to Gay Street for a two-month stint that will convert a single on-street metered parking spot into a multi-function pedestrian space to compliment area businesses and activities. In addition to the relocation, the project is being revamped a bit from its previous […]

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Open Streets Columbus: Installment One – Rich Street

Jess Mathews Jess Mathews Open Streets Columbus: Installment One – Rich Street

Streets used to be gathering places. They used to be places where both adults and kids would congregate. The adults would socialize and the kids would play. Now, playgrounds are built far away from streets and usually protected by some sort of fencing or barrier. Meanwhile, pedestrians have been herded up to signalized intersections in […]

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Parklet Proposed for South Fourth Street

Walker Evans Walker Evans Parklet Proposed for South Fourth Street

The temporary conversion of on-street metered parking spaces into public greenspace is not a new one. The national Park(ing) Day event launched in San Francisco in 2005, and Columbus officially took part in 2008 and 2009. Since then, the movement pushing for new Downtown greenspace has waned in part due to the completion of Columbus […]

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Ohio Women’s Bicycling Summit Wants to Close the Gender Gap

Jess Mathews Jess Mathews Ohio Women’s Bicycling Summit Wants to Close the Gender Gap

It’s no secret that American women are less likely than American men to ride bikes in cities. Certain reports put one woman on a bike for every four men in America. In European counties like Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark, the split is around fifty-fifty. How does America decrease the gender gap? This is an on-going constant debate. […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns with a “Curated Take Home Box Experience”

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