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The Franklinton of the Columbus Metropolitian Library
Columbus Metropolitian Library

Two branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library closed over the weekend and won't reopen for about a month. 

West Park Avenue looks like an idyllic Columbus street: A-tree lined boulevard cuts through the middle, and every house has a porch and a small front yard.

But looking closer, it’s clear the neighborhood has been hit by the opioid crisis. A few houses are boarded up, and orange caps from syringes litter the sidewalk.

Eric Lanese teaches woodworking classes at the Idea Foundry, where he's been a member for seven years.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

In just a few years, the Columbus Idea Foundry has become a Franklinton staple.

Creatives like welders and woodworkers craft on the Foundry's bottom floor, while people using the co-working space upstairs sip lattes and type away on laptops.  People walk around with graphic tees and safety goggles, while others stake out open tables with machinery.

A selection of produce at the Veggie Van in Linden. The project launched this summer, bringing fresh fruit and vegetables to Columbus' food deserts.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Monique Williams McCoy greets everyone walking down Cleveland Avenue like a neighbor.

"Hey y’all!" she calls out. "You coming over to check it out today, right? Over to the mobile market?"

Amanda Lynn Bottoms / operacolumbus.org

It all started with Cindy Gaillard.

The denizens of Opera Columbus asked Cindy, an award-winning WOSU TV producer, about ideas for an opera with a local setting. Cindy suggested the great flood of 1913, which devastated Franklinton in March of that year, leaving horrible destruction and nearly 100 deaths. 

Construction at River & Rich in Franklinton.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Columbus officials met with residents Wednesday to talk about "Opportunity Zones," a federal tax designation that allows investors to avoid capital gains taxes.

Andrew Ginther

In his annual State of the City address, Mayor Andrew Ginther touted Columbus’ work to improve neighborhoods—particularly Linden. Looking forward, the mayor emphasized plans for housing, health, climate change and education.

CoverMyMeds

CoverMyMeds, one of the largest start-ups in Columbus, announced plans for a $240 million campus project in West Franklinton.

Construction at River & Rich in Franklinton.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Columbus leaders baked in the Tuesday morning sun at River And Rich to promote a new tax abatement strategy aimed at increasing Columbus’ stock of affordable housing.

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

One afternoon, Johnetta Thomas is visiting Lower Lights Christian Health Center for check-up. She lives five houses down from the nonprofit in Columbus’ Franklinton neighborhood - but lives quite a bit further away from other necessities. 

Artist rendering of the redeveloped Mount Carmel campus in Franklinton
Mount Carmel Health System

Mount Carmel Health System plans to start demolishing Mount Carmel West hospital in Franklinton next November.

City of Columbus

Columbus city officials have announced the developer for a 20 acre project on the Scioto Peninsula. Buckingham Companies, based in Indianapolis, will spearhead a massive construction project that will alter the Franklinton neighborhood.

All Sides Weekend: Urban Art and Urban Renewal

Aug 25, 2017
Columbusite / Wikimedia Commons

Today at 11am 

Host, Clare Roth, talks with community members and creators about the Columbus take on public art and urban renewal. This weekend marks the 10 year anniversary for the Urban Scrawl arts festival, held in the Franklinton Arts District.

Franklinton being a site of much change and development in the city has used art to spur changes in the community- we'll look at that and more. 

Debbie Holmes

Seventeen-year-old Andrew Cain likes building things with his hands. Earning $10 an hour, the West High School graduate is one of eight trainees using power tools to rehabilitate a duplex on Chicago Avenue in Franklinton. 

Columbus Police body camera footage

Columbus Police on Thursday released video of the department’s first officer-involved shooting to be captured by police body cameras.

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