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Underused parking lots, grass fields, and massive stretches of concrete and asphalt. These are the things that contribute little use to Downtown visitors or residents and are therefore dubbed “Wasted Space”.

Wasted Space: Surface Parking Crater in Downtown Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Wasted Space: Surface Parking Crater in Downtown Columbus

The High Street corridor Downtown has witnessed a steady stream of development the last few years. The 12-story 250 High now sits where a parking lot once was, historic renovations are bringing the Citizens Building and the former Madison’s Department Store back to life, and the largest remaining “missing tooth” along the corridor — parking lots […]

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Beautify This Blank Wall: The Fourth and Elm Parking Garage

Anne Evans Anne Evans Beautify This Blank Wall: The Fourth and Elm Parking Garage

While Columbus has made significant advancements in the public art realm, there are still blank walls that could benefit from an artist’s eye. Cue the Fourth and Elm Parking Garage at 78 N. 4th Street. The front of the garage looks decent for a garage, but when peeking through the Neighborhood Launch development from Gay […]

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Wasted Space in Downtown: Convention Center

Brent Warren Brent Warren Wasted Space in Downtown: Convention Center

In his recent State of the City address, Mayor Coleman said that planning has begun on a $30 million renovation of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Also in the planning stages is a parking garage to replace the surface lot on Goodale Street – directly across from the convention center – that will likely include […]

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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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Wasted Space: Where Are They Now?

Walker Evans Walker Evans Wasted Space: Where Are They Now?

Over three years ago, we introduced an off-again-on-again featured column called “Wasted Space” where we highlighted unsightly, underutilized and unusually large spaces located within the Downtown borders. Before we move on to focus on new areas in 2010, we thought that it might be worth revisiting some of those original spaces from three years back […]

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Wasted Space in Downtown: Motorist Parking Lot

Walker Evans Walker Evans Wasted Space in Downtown: Motorist Parking Lot

All it takes is a quick walk around Goodale Park, Schiller Park, or Franklin Park to find some of the nicest, largest, and most valuable homes in our urban neighborhoods. A stroll through the Topiary Park downtown is just as pleasant, but the residential aspect surrounding the park is drastically different. The south side of […]

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Wasted Space in Downtown: Old Highway Feeders

Walker Evans Walker Evans

It’s been over a year since our last installment of “Wasted Space in Downtown“, and this new update is actually a bit of a unique one. Normally we examine some of the existing holes in our downtown streetscape, but today we’re taking looking ahead at some potential wasted space that could be materializing in the […]

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