The Top 20 Columbus Underground Articles of 2017
This summer, a joint announcement from Wagenbrenner Development and Metro Parks revealed a public-private partnership that will bring to life the city’s 20th Metro Park alongside a new residential development on a former quarry site. Given the lack of Central Ohio topography, the news of a new park dedicated to more active sports was a huge win with outdoor enthusiasts.
On November 20, Columbus Foundation President Doug Kridler penned an open letter to the owners of the Columbus Crew SC soccer team, asking the ownership to consider a new Downtown stadium plan. The next day, the proposal was rescinded, but the idea captured the imagination of locals for a solid 24 hour period.
The new year began with the unfortunate news that the Victorian Village Giant Eagle would be closing its doors. The store was small in size compared to its newer Grandview Yard Market District counterpart, but served a devoted customer base in the neighborhood. Today, the liquor store remains open, preventing anything else from moving into the empty space.
After years of waiting, the news finally dropped that IKEA would be opening its doors on June 7. This announcement was short and sweet, but it still got a lot of interest from the general public in a big way.
The number one most well read article of 2017 was the November announcement that Park Street Patio, Park Street Saloon and The Social Room would all be closing within a week with one final party. The buildings that house these three bars have been slated for demolition for a new hotel development, but the timeline of their demise had been a mystery until the announcement was made.
What other big news stories captured your attention in 2017? Share your top picks in the comments below!
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