Our Neighborhood & City In the News

Wonderland Abandons Wonder Bread Factory, The Other Paper - July 2011
Wonderland's ambitious plan to transform the site of Columbus's old Wonder Bread factory into a mixed-use Mecca for artists and musicians won't come to fruition. Read more...
 
At Home: Fun Makeover in Italian Village, Columbus Underground - June 2011
Two years ago, Amelia Costanzo and Becky Harrison were looking for a home to buy... They found their 1300 square foot, 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo in Italian Village. Read the Columbus Underground Story...
 
History meets future in Italian Village, The Columbus Dispatch - January 2011
The recession has slowed some projects, but residents feel good about the strength of their neighborhood. Read the Columbus Dispatch Article...
 
Groups helping police to reduce neighborhood crime face challenges, - January 2011
Block watches are more than neighbors looking through the blinds to keep an eye out for strangers. Many meet regularly and have websites, e-mail alerts and more. A block watch in Italian Village, for example, has a Facebook page with 655 friends. Read the Columbus Dispatch Article...
 
Short North Gazette - November 2010
A purrfect time was had by all at the Zorro Meet and Greet on September 23, 2010. Zorro, a feral kitten, was rescued by What The Rock?! shop owners Mike Renner and Heather Ziegler this summer after she was found dying on a doorstep in Italian Village. Zorro began work at WTR as a shop cat in September, and the public was invited to stop by to meet her and celebrate her recovery. Read more...
 
Revising police precincts stirs opposition in ranks, The Columbus Dispatch - January 2010
Local businesses and officers are concerned about plans to revise local police precints. The revision would essentially split through the Short North. "Something happened right next door to us, but also several incidents happened on the other side of what would be the dividing line, and my concern is how does that get communicated between the north and the south Short North now?" says Surly Girl co-owner Carmen Owens. Read the Columbus Dispatch article...
The Columbus Dispatch - January 2010
The recently vacated Italian Village bakery at 697 N. 4th St. is in contract and up to code to become a multipurpose art, music and retail space dubbed "Wonderland." Read more...
Columbus-ite.com - January 2010
Do we need a Columbus Neighborhoods Association? Columbus-ite.com debates the necessity of a city-wide association to bring the individual neighborhood associations together and create a stronger sense of community. Read the blog post...
The Columbus Dispatch - January 2010
The developers of the 11-story Ibiza condominium project, which was to have been a major anchor in the Short North, have told buyers that they will convert the project to
apartments. Read more...  And - The Ibiza condominium project was to be "the embodiment of an idealized city life," an 11-story "home for visionaries" in the heart of the Short North.  Read the second article...
The Columbus Dispatch - January 2010
Boutique hotel on horizon again - Plans call for a 136-room hotel with up to 5,000 square feet of retail space, said Joel Pizzuti, president of the Columbus-based development company. That compares with the 160 rooms and 12,000 square feet of retail space discussed in early 2008. Office space is also planned, Pizzuti (the property owner) said, adding that the exact scale of each component "depends on what makes sense financially." Read the Dispatch article...
Short North Gazette - December 2009
Three Montessori students are part of world's only blind marching band.  (St. Joseph's Montessori School students march in Pasadena New Years Day Parade.) Read more...
The Columbus Dispatch - December 2009
Mayor rescinds parking meter rate change...  The mayor has stepped in an halted the meter rate increases. See the Dispatch article online. We are extremely pleased to hear that the mayor has made this gesture and we look forward to working with him and his team to reach mutually beneficial and agreeable solutions to raising funds for the Convention Hotel and replacing aging meter heads.
Columbus Alive - December 2009
History of Gallery Hop: Hop & a jump... The Columbus Alive recently posted an article about the history of the Short North's Gallery hop and "how the city's premier art event reinvented an entire neighborhood" in anticipation of the Holiday Hop's 25th anniversary. Read the article online.
Short North Gazette - July 2009
If you have not yet visited the Concrete Jungle – the garden center at 940 N. High St. where the Urban Gardener once held court – July would be a good time to do that. The fevered, frantic pace of spring buying and planting is over and a more relaxed and ambient atmosphere has descended on the center. Read more...
The Columbus Dispatch - May 2009
Italian Village Ranked High in "Walkability Score"... According to an article in the Sunday, May 17, 2009 Home & Garden section of the Columbus Dispatch, Italian Village has one of the highest "Walkability" scores of any neighborhood in Columbus.  The score is measured by a website, www.walkscore.com, which is a product of Front Seat, a small software company in Seattle. Read more...
Passenger Trains in the 3-C Corridor - May 2009
Although still far from complete, Ohio Rail Development Commission Executive Director says he’s pleased with the progress toward restoring passenger train service in Cleveland-Columbus-Cincinnati (3-C) Corridor. Read press release...
Short North Gazette - May 2009
Diana Lessner lends talent and energy to neighborhood restaurants, retail and parks.  Read more...
Short North Gazette - April 2009
In the Short North, Victorian Village and Italian Village spring arrives in a jewel-box collection of tiny pocket parks and urban gardens that bounce to life like pages turned in a children’s pop-up book. For this, you can credit the professionals and dedicated volunteers of the Martha Walker Garden Club. Read more...
WBNS 10TV News - March 2009
The Wonder Bread bakery located just north of downtown on North Fourth Street will shut down operations this spring, 10TV News reported. Read more...
Forbes - March 2008
Forbes Magazine names Columbus
number one up-and-coming tech city. Read more...
Short North Gazette - October 2007
The Short North Gazette writes a feature article on Via Colori, a street painting festival for nonprofit fundraising. Read more...
The Columbus Alive - October 2007
Brittany Kress interviews Elizabeth Lessner, Columbus restaurateur extraordinaire, who owns Surly Girl Saloon, a restaurant in the Italian Village. Read more...
The New York Times - September 2007
"Columbus Cool" ... The NYT examines the renovations of Columbus, Ohio and its transformation into a Midwest "style capital". Read more...
Short North Gazette - September 2007
The Byzantium donates beads to Russian orphans for jewelry and craft-making, and receives lots of love in return. Read more...
Toledo Blade - September 2007
The Toledo Blade reports on how the Short North has given officials "a new vision" for Toledo. Read more...
Short North Gazette - July 2007
The Short Stop Youth Center gets just what it needs when it finds its new Music Director, Justin Riley. Read more...
Chicago Tribune - October 2006
The Chicago Tribune visits Columbus and decides "Ohio’s little giant is more than just a one-sport town". Read more...
Short North Gazette - July 2006
Italian Village Architect Frank Elmer argues for the streetcar cause. Read more...
 
 
 
 
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