Mayor Andrew Ginther unveils the LEAP self-driving shuttle  in Linden on Feb. 5, 2020.
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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and other local leaders on Wednesday celebrated the launch of electric self-driving shuttles in the Linden neighborhood. It's the second such program in Columbus, but the first in a residential area.

Transforming Struggling Neighborhoods

Jan 29, 2020
Smart Columbus self-driving shuttles are coming to Linden.
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Residents in the Linden and Hilltop areas of Columbus have heard promises and solutions before. Over decades, they’ve watched their neighborhoods slide further into poverty, homelessness, joblessness and crime.

Smart Columbus self-driving shuttles are coming to Linden.
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Columbus' Linden neighborhood is about to launch a residential, automated shuttle service which officials say is the first program of its kind in the country.

Mykeisha Roberts, Columbus health commissioner, speaks at a press conference at Barack Community Center on Nov. 26, 2019.
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Mayor Andrew Ginther announced that the city of Columbus is seeing a reduction in violent crime, giving credit to an expanded Columbus Police initiative.

Mayor Andrew Ginther announces the 614 For Linden plan on Nov. 25, 2019.
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Columbus leaders announced a $5 million private investment in the city’s One Linden plan.

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It was April 1 at exactly noon when Crystal Logan got the phone call: Her daughter Jenea and her son Donell had been shot.

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

Driverless shuttles debuted in Columbus in December 2018 as part of the Smart Columbus grant.
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On Cleveland Avenue, the a main corridor of the Linden neighborhood, cars and emergency vehicles whiz through at all hours. But many people in Linden don’t have cars.

Mayor Andrew Ginther signs a community benefits agreement for the Linden Community Center.
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Mayor Andrew Ginther and other Columbus leaders signed a community benefits agreement for the construction of the new Linden Community Center and Park on Thursday morning.

Columbus Police bike officers at a protest in downtown Columbus in 2018.
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Columbus Police roll out their annual Safe Streets program on Monday.

Deputy Chief Richard Bash, flanked by Mayor Andrew Ginther, explaining the ShotSpotter system.
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Columbus is continuing its rollout of a system that can quickly detect gunshots and their source.

Lumpkin family

Linden might be the only Columbus neighborhood with a mayor, even if it was an unofficial officeholder.

Clarence Lumpkin, the long-time Linden activist who employed tactics commonly used during the Civil Rights movement, died last week at the age of 94. His funeral service is Wednesday.

Brenda Troy stands in front of New Salem church on Cleveland Avenue. New Salem’s Anti-Human Trafficking Ministry worked with the Vice Unit on an initiative called the "Linden Model."
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Cleveland Avenue stretches from downtown Columbus northward. It’s the main road through Linden, a high crime, low-income neighborhood. The sun sets as Brenda Troy and Donna Hitcho from New Salem Church walk down the street, looking for sex workers.

Kwodwo Ababio owns the New Harvest Urban Arts Center in Linden.
Nick Evans

Kwodwo Ababio owns the New Harvest Urban Arts Center on Cleveland Avenue in Linden. In the lot next door, he shows off their garden.

Mayor Ginther speaking about Safe Streets at the Reeb Center on Columbus' South Side
Nick Evans

Columbus' Safe Streets program began in the Linden neighborhood last year, and its success prompted expansion to the Parson’s corridor and the Hilltop. But the latest results are not as promising as the pilot.