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Redevelopment Planned for Two Near East Side Sites

Walker Evans Walker Evans Redevelopment Planned for Two Near East Side Sites

Should two century-old buildings on Taylor Avenue be renovated or demolished? That question was asked last night at a community charette hosted by representatives of PACT, the nonprofit organization that is overseeing large-scale revitalization efforts for a portion the city’s Near East Side. While PACT’s mission touches upon everything from workforce development to early education, […]

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Growth Has Columbus Region on Track to Hit 3 Million Mark by 2050

Brent Warren Brent Warren Growth Has Columbus Region on Track to Hit 3 Million Mark by 2050

Stronger-than-expected population growth in the last five years has led the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to revise its estimate for future growth in the Columbus region. The organization’s Insight2050 report — released in 2014 — predicted that an additional 500,000 people would call the seven-county Central Ohio area home by 2050. The latest numbers, […]

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Suburban Parking Lots Getting Urban Apartment Retrofit in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Suburban Parking Lots Getting Urban Apartment Retrofit in Columbus

An increasing number of developers in Columbus are turning their attention to what they see as an untapped resource in the region — large parking lots serving aging retail centers. With a small number of projects completed and more on the way, the practice of building residential and mixed-use developments right next to existing, suburban-style […]

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Majority of Columbus Residents Live in Multifamily Homes

Walker Evans Walker Evans Majority of Columbus Residents Live in Multifamily Homes

Geographically speaking, Columbus is a very large city. With over 220 square miles within city boundaries, it dwarves cities like Cleveland (82 square miles) and Cincinnati (79 square miles) even though both of our Ohio neighbors are located in larger metropolitan regions. The reason for this discrepancy lies in the heavy-handed local annexation policies of […]

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Interview: Keith Meyers and Campus Partners on the 15th and High Plan

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: Keith Meyers and Campus Partners on the 15th and High Plan

In late February of this year, OSU and Campus Partners unveiled an ambitious plan for redeveloping a nine-acre area centered on the intersection of 15th Avenue and North High Street. The underlying zoning for that plan – which calls for new mixed-use development along with a public square, a hotel, and a parking garage – […]

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Interview: Jeffrey Tumlin on the Future of Transportation in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: Jeffrey Tumlin on the Future of Transportation in Columbus

Columbus Underground readers have likely noticed the name Nelson Nygaard popping up with some regularity in recent months. The transportation planning firm recently worked on the Short North Parking Study, and is currently taking the lead on two major transportation initiatives in Columbus – the city’s multimodal thoroughfare plan (Connect Columbus), and COTA’s upcoming NextGen […]

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New Thoroughfare Plan Will Tackle Street Layout, Bike Lanes, Light Rail and More

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Thoroughfare Plan Will Tackle Street Layout, Bike Lanes, Light Rail and More

The City of Columbus is moving forward with their Multimodal Thoroughfare Plan, and they are hoping that you have some opinions to share about how you get around (or would like to get around) the city. The first of three “Vision and Goals” meetings is scheduled for the end of March and a website has […]

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