This weekend marks the end of an era near the Arena District, as three popular bars on Park Street close their doors after nearly a decade in operation. The owner plans to demolish the buildings to make way for an upscale boutique hotel.
Businesses along State Route 161 in North Columbus have struggled over the past decade but things may be improving. A key factor was the closure of some crime-ridden hotels. Area leaders welcome the clean-up but vow to press on for better businesses and safer access for shoppers.