Linden

Driverless shuttles debuted in Columbus in December 2018 as part of the Smart Columbus grant.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

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.
Nick Evans / WOSU

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."
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

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.

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In a parking lot off Cleveland Avenue, pop music blares from speakers as residents of Linden peruse stalls of produce, baked goods and locally made crafts.

Nick Evans / WOSU

Wednesday evening the courts at Linden Park are full of kids shooting hoops in the fading sunlight. Inside the community center, others play ping pong.

But Columbus Parks spokesperson Sophia Fifner explains the building is pretty old. She walks off looking for the center’s director, and finds a plaque just above an old hearth.

Hattie Assan with her daugher Maxine.
Nick Evans

Columbus Parks officials held a meeting in Linden on Wednesday night to hear what residents want in a new park and community center.

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Bike patrols are coming to new neighborhoods as part of the city's ongoing effort to enact its new Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy. 

Esther Honig / WOSU

During the Tuesday morning commute,  the temperature hovered around -3 degrees outside Linden Transit Center on Cleveland Avenue. The holidays are over, and for many that means it's back to work. 

For some commuters, a new bus line launched on January 1 has made getting there a little easier.

Columbus Police say officers responding to a reported altercation at a South Linden home found a 16-year-old armed suspect, and one officer shot the teen.

Tax Abatements

Feb 21, 2017
Easton Towne Center
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An Easton-area developer is set to receive a $68 million tax break for new construction. A small portion of that amount will funnel more money into the surrounding Linden neighborhood.

Tax abatements such as these are often used to improve developing neighborhoods, but schools and residents may have to pay the price by paying more in property taxes and not receiving as many benefits.

Join us today as we talk about the pros and cons of tax abatements with a panel of guests.

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