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This looks very impressive. Columbus' rise continues.
The Short North becomes cooler by the week
What effect does this have on the Short North?
If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. ~ Bruce Lee
If only they could get rid of the ghetto of the bottoms and the other areas nearby and the abandoned industrial zones and stuff. I am optimistic, but it will take some time.
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When my family moved to the Columbus area (Johnstown), in 1986, I recall New Albany only being a grain elevator and an ice cream stand.... Just a speed trap town. Massive change can happen relatively fast.
Developers know - if you build it, they will come.
Wow. This is impressive.
As a owner of a construction company, I gotta say this gets me pretty pumped......as a columbus enthusiast, I gotta ask "what about parking garages?"
I'm so sick of the piss poor parking situation in C-Bus, they've got to fix this before they build one more damn over priced condo complex. Other than that, onwards and upwards.
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You're right, but being in real estate, highest and best use wins out.
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Did you read about the project? Attached underground parking will be made available at several locations.
You're also sorely mistaken on the parking situation. Go to Chicago. New York. Etc. good luck parking there. I'm not sure where in Cbus you go that doesn't have parking readily available. Also, just plopping down huge parking structures all over the city is aesthetically unappealing and doesn't add anything to the city. Improving public transit (hello rail/street car) with programs like CoGo or expanding COTA service eliminates the need for parking garages. Some 86% commute to work in a car, by themselves in Columbus. Forgetting the environmental impact, that's terrible for traffic congestion. Again, maybe you go places I'm not familiar with, but almost everyone who drives in from out of town says parking is abundantly available. Columbus has much more of a mass transit issue than it does parking.
I would like to see a pedestrian bridge on the north side over to North Bank, effectively connecting the Arena District to this area. The original renderings from the 2010 Strategic Plan had this in place.
No, I'm not mistaken. If I longed for the headaches of living in NYC or Chicago.....I'd move there. I have friends and family in both cities and I go to both often enough to know I don't want Columbus to be like either of those places in this regard. Suggesting that the City of Columbus should fail to preemptively address difficult parking situations simply because the likes of bigger cities have failed to do so is truly an absurd approach.
Expand COTA to where exactly? The main drag in Columbus is High Street which is, for the most part, five lanes wide and most of the time you're allowed to park in two of the lanes, which leaves one lane to drive in each direction and a turn lane in between them. You really want to add more busses to make it even more congested?
I'd be down for a rail system, but I don't see how this is more esthetically appealing than strategically placed parking garages since this is your concern. Unless you're talking about an underground rail system.....but I REALLY don't see this happening in Columbus anytime soon.
I'm not suggesting "plopping" garages all over town. You've never tried driving into Gallery Hop have you? I was a bartender in the short north for years during my time at tOSU, so I'm well acclimated to the parking difficulties down in that area. I also know I'm not alone in pondering the wonders even just one public parking garage (located one block off of high street) would bring. Hell, imagine one at either end of the short north so folks wouldn't have to drive in at all.....glorious! I would actually be able to enjoy Gallery Hop instead of wasting a half an hour trying to park.
Regarding pedestrian bridges connecting the arena district with a foot traffic bridge this is a great idea, they should connect it right in front of the condo tower that Messer/Turner just built. My wife and I ride our bikes (from Clintonville) along the "COSI" bank and cross the river at the end of the Scioto Mile (southern most bridge pictured in the article) and we ride back along the city side, because of the lack of attractions across the river, it never crossed my mind to build a foot traffic bridge right there. There's one further north along the bike path at Confluence Park, but that's quite a hike from the Arena District.
@Buckeyeneer, I'm with you but it'd be different if these condos they're building were selling like hot cakes. From talking with some of my friends on the development side, they're not selling like they were planning on.
Re: COTA, no I meant expanding hours later into the night, which they have started to do.
Other than a few blocks in the SN, finding parking in Columbus really isn't an issue. And in terms of rail, there are already plenty if lines in place (for freight). I'm not a rail expert so I won't say what should happen, but you could easily mirror some of those lines (a main one being the line that runs right underneath the convention center and through the A.D.).
Downtown Columbus has had a surplus of surface and garaged parking for many years. This was one of Mayor Coleman's primary strategies in downtown development, to get rid of so many surface parking lots. The Short North may have parking issues but downtown certainly does not...at least not yet.
And just a helpful hint, if you are willing to drive around for a half an hour to park for Gallery Hop, just go park in Victorian Village and walk the 15 minutes to the Short North. I have never had trouble with this.
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@One Made - I did some quick research. I'll give you two links to take a look at:
Click on the "Parking facilities link." As you can see, downtown is littered with parking facilities. Yes, some will cost $5-$10 or more but it's readily available wherever you are trying to go downtown. Outside of that map, I don't really see a need for a bunch of garages as you say, except for the existing ones at OSU and Easton. Unless some of the suburbs are suddenly trying to eliminate the sprawl.
The short north has already put together a webpage to help you with parking. At worst, you can park in the A.D., and take a CoGo up to one of the S.N. bike locations if you have a pass.
If you look at the downtown map, the pedestrian (with I'm assuming a bike trail as well?) would/could essentially connect between those two rail lines to somewhere near where Neil Ave. ends.
I hope the plan for East Franklinton works as expected. I'm not sure what a "downtown zoo" will have to offer that people can't get 20 minutes away in Powell, unless they're targeting people who don't want to make that drive. I haven't read everything on what the outdoor ampitheater is being planned to use for, so that could be hit or miss (what do you do with it from November-March?). Hopefully some private developers step forward soon, as none were announced yesterday. On the renderings, I'm assuming the blue/white buildings are future plans of those private developers. Those are definitely going to be key to revitalizing the area.
It looks like the Spaghetti Warehouse will remain untouched. Good news!
Exactly what I was thinking.
The most difficult part of that plan is, based on the illustration, to turn the Olentangy from its dirty brown color into an actual water looking blue. Impressive!
Edit: Apparently it's the Scioto river, which I'm sure is just as dirty anyways.
The Old and Dingy feeds into the Scioto just north of the "Scioto Peninsula," if I'm not mistaken.
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