Building a new pipeline of developers from underrepresented backgrounds could help solve Central Ohio's affordable housing crisis, local leaders say.
What's happening: A new loan program to help minority developers build more homes — particularly women and people of color — launched yesterday through the Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County.
Columbus is home to more than 1,000 Airbnbs and other short-term rentals, but a proposed law would give the city little to no say in how they operate.
Driving the news: Two dozen Republican lawmakers support House Bill 563, which would prevent local governments from regulating the "number, duration or frequency of rental periods for short-term rentals."
The site of a former car assembly plant and bakery near downtown is being redeveloped into an apartment complex and retail space.
- Developers Casto, Kelley Cos. and The Robert Weiler Company want to turn the historic 9.3-acre site into 49,000 square feet of offices, and another 8,850 square feet into shops and restaurants, along with 364 apartment units.
For the Central Ohio Transit Authority to effectively modernize, the agency knows it needs some outside help from Columbus' brightest tech minds.
Why it matters: COTA recently opened a "Go! Mobility Lab" on the seventh floor of its High Street headquarters with a goal of working closely with the city's rapidly-growing startup scene, part of an ongoing tech overhaul meant to better serve its millions of annual riders and draw in new ones.
A boy gasped as the waiter wheeled over his dinner. "That's a Roomba! A Roomba has our food!"
- Adults smirked and recorded videos while the little white robots with blinking blue eyes carefully maneuvered around tables, never spilling a single drop of hot ramen broth.
If you want to stay inside and binge shows this weekend, check out Netflix's "White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie and Fitch."
Quick take: The documentary highlights a history of discriminatory hiring practices and hypersexual marketing at the New Albany-based company during its surge of popularity in the '90s and early 2000s.
The Columbus area's newest food hall debuts Saturday, offering Creole cuisine, pizza, gourmet waffles and more inside the shell of a refurbished 1800s trolley barn.
What's happening: East Market, near Franklin Park, will offer a slate of family-friendly grand opening activities from 11am-11pm, including a magician, face painting, a visit from Columbus Zoo animals and a DJ.
Kroger is once again the go-to grocery store for Columbus area shoppers, according to new data from sales-tracking firm Chain Store Guide.
Why it matters: We've all got to eat. And hungry Ohioans continue to be overwhelmingly loyal to our homegrown grocery chain.
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