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Jeph Lawson at Powerhouse Gym.
Nick Evans / WOSU

State officials cleared gyms to reopen around Ohio on Tuesday. Many are still working out how to do so safely, but at least one facility in downtown Columbus already began welcoming members back.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger shakes hands and signs autographs for wrestlers and their families during the Arnold Sports Festival Sunday, March 8, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Businesses in downtown Columbus and the Short North suddenly have a lot of sales to make up, with the cancellation of the Arnold Fitness Expo and the banning of most spectators from the affiliated Arnold Sports Festival.

Last December, I joined 500 souls for a walking tour of downtown Columbus churches, presented by our new friends at Columbus Landmarks. Along with the exercise, we enjoyed cookies, hot chocolate and tours of four magnificent churches, each presenting a brief concert highlighting their music programs.

COTA bus in downtown Columbus

The new downtown C-Pass program provides eligible employees working in the heart of the city unlimited access to COTA's entire bus system for free.

Greater Columbus Convention Center

Join us for a special live broadcast at The Greater Columbus Convention Center! We'll talk the development of our convention center as well as the trends surrounding others across the country. Also learn more about a new art installation that will make its debut at the convention center this week. 

Steve Brown

Chris Kowalski has had a rough go of it lately.

The owner and operator of Jack's Downtown Diner lost his wife to cancer in 2015. He closed the diner later that year, and when he reopened in 2016, the normally-quaint Lynn Street was a full-blown construction site.

Curious Cbus: How Mound Street Got Its Name

Dec 2, 2016

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Many of Columbus’ original street names are generic—Town Street, State Street, etc. But as it turns out, there’s a story behind the naming of Downtown’s historic Mound Street.


Columbus Commons is five years old. The downtown development includes a six-acre park surrounded by residential and commercial space. It opened with high expectations, and we tried to find out if it’s lived up to the hype.

COTA Air Connect bus

A new COTA express bus service starts today transporting passengers between Port Columbus and Downtown.  

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It's a late Christmas gift for people parking in downtown Columbus: The city says a glitch rendered downtown parking meters inoperable, so parking enforcement officers are making all downtown metered parking spots free for the day.

Speculation About Future Downtown Retail Mixed

Aug 24, 2015
Mandie Trimble / WOSU

The revitalization of downtown Columbus has moved south in recent years.  A new courthouse, park and apartment buildings have filled vacant lots along High Street, south of the statehouse.  The plan is for a mix of residential, office and retail, but as WOSU reports, retail lags behind.