Visitors in the Short North will soon be able to pay for parking with an app.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The city of Columbus is issuing a survey so residents can comment on potential changes to how parking works downtown.

A COTA bus stop in downtown Columbus.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Central Ohio Transit Authority opens its new Customer Experience Center in downtown Columbus on Wednesday.

YMCA of Central Ohio is closing its downtown building and moving out 400 residents over the course of several years.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Hundreds of residents at the YMCA of Central Ohio will be placed in new accommodations over the next few years as the organization leaves its current downtown building at 40 W. Long Street.

Canopy by Hilton at 77 E. Nationwide Blvd is set to open by August.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

A hotel building boom in downtown Columbus and Short North will create nearly 1,100 new rooms within the next several years. City officials believe adding hotels will make Columbus more competitive for large conventions and create thousands of jobs.

Downtown Akron Partnership

This year is shaping up to be a busy year for Northeast Ohio cities and towns trying to revitalize themselves. At least two dozen municipalities have turnaround plans in place, including Akron and Canton, which are spending more than $100 million between them to reinvent their downtowns.

Downtown Columbus
Aerial Impact Solutions

Three years in the making, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum opens Saturday on the banks of the Scioto River. 

Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

On the west side of Scioto Audubon Metro Park in downtown Columbus, people mount climbing walls, play on beach volleyball courts and ride down bike paths.

Debbie Holmes

Huge construction cranes dangle over some downtown streets, as workers build more apartments and condominiums. It’s estimated that 8,300 people now call downtown home, and that number is expected to climb to 10,000 by 2019.

Boom in Downtown Real Estate Development

Aug 17, 2017
Ohio Redevelopment Project / Flickr

On either side of the Statehouse, orange barrels restrict traffic, wire fences outline piles of concrete and cranes hang high above in the sky. The downtown area of Columbus is seeing a rapid increase in residential and retail development.

We explore who will live in these new residences and what changes the city can expect from these kinds of developments.

The city of Akron is looking to boost the number of people living downtown. Could that mean adding thousands of cars -- or adding thousands of people who decide they don’t need a car? WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia has more on how transportation could be changing in the Rubber City.

Hotel LeVeque

The interior of Columbus’ iconic skyscraper, the LeVeque Tower, is getting another makeover.  When renovations to the 90-year-old structure are complete in about a month, LeVeque Tower will feature a boutique hotel, apartments and condos and commercial office space. 

LeVeque Tower Will Feature Home Addresses

Jun 18, 2015
LeVeque Tower as seen from 32nd story window of Rhodes Tower looking westward
Tom Borgerding / WOSU News

A private firm says it will convert the top 24 floors of Leveque Tower at Broad and Front streets into condos and apartments. Kaufman Development announced plans for  78 residential units. 

What Makes a Vibrant Downtown Columbus

Jun 1, 2012

11:00 What makes a neighborhood? There was a day when the naysayers outnumbered the developers who saw gold in the empty lots and vacant warehouses and decided to build condos and apartments for a would-be downtown residential neighborhood. On this hour of "All Sides," we'll talk about downtown Columbus development projects, on location at the 2012 Columbus Arts Festival! Guests

COTA Downtown/ Midwestern Heatwave

Jul 21, 2011

11:00... Can you think of a time you’ve taken a COTA bus downtown? Columbus dwellers use these buses to get to work, eat out, or see a theaters or plays. Today, we’ll talk about the most recent research that’s been done on COTA’s downtown transit with president and CEO of cota Bill Lhota. Guest:

  • Bill Lhota (COTA President and CEO)

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