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Tom Chang in the dining room at Tiger + Lily.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Downtown Columbus isn’t exactly a ghost town, but it feels empty—hollowed out. Bars are closed, as are most retail storefronts, but a few restaurants are trying to hang on with takeout and delivery.

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

Monday marks the beginning of parking changes in downtown Columbus. 

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A pedestrian bridge linking a downtown Columbus parking garage to the Franklin County Municipal Court Building permanently closes Monday.

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
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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
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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. 

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