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1 big thing: Co-living comes to Columbus

The living room and entrance to a bedroom in one of Gravity's co-living-style apartments. Photos: Courtesy of Gravity

The latest phase of Franklinton's Gravity development offers Columbus renters their first opportunity to try the growing trend of co-living.

Why it matters: As rents keep rising, many are looking for ways to save money without cutting back on luxury amenities.

How it works: For $685-895 monthly, you can rent a room in a four- or five-bedroom apartment. Tenants share a kitchen, living room and some bathrooms, with the higher end of the range including an en suite bathroom.

  • Rent includes utilities, bi-weekly cleaning of shared areas and access to all of Gravity's amenities, including a pool, fitness center, yoga studio, lounges and rooftop terraces.
  • Each tenant is responsible for a lease. They can live with preferred roommates or be assigned random ones.

Quick take: It's like a swanky college dormitory, but for adulthood.

What they're saying: Shared living helps remove stigmas that may accompany affordable housing, Gravity developer Brett Kaufman told reporters during a tour Tuesday.

  • "When you're at the gym, no one knows what kind of unit you're in."
A coworking space in a Gravity apartment building, with tenants gathered at large tables near a Columbus-themed mural
A coworking area near an artists studio in Gravity's Building D, which offers the co-living apartments.

By the numbers: The number of Ohioans ages 18-34 who are living alone decreased by 8.5% from 2005 to 2015, as more opted to live with roommates or their parents to save money, per Census data.

  • Columbus' median rent across all bedroom types is $1,725, a nearly 7% increase over last June, per Rent.com.

Of note: Gravity also offers traditional apartments, with one-bedrooms costing $1,355-$1,995 monthly, as of yesterday.

The big picture: Kaufman will cut a ceremonial ribbon today to officially open Gravity's second phase, with seven buildings totaling 1 million square feet.

  • The massive community straddling Broad Street now spans 15 acres.
  • Once fully leased, the project will offer a variety of restaurants, retailers and offices, plus apartments and gathering spaces with a focus on art and well-being.

ğŸŽ¨ What's next: A Mural Fest will add more public art to the area amid live entertainment and a flea market. 11am-10pm Saturday. Free!

Photos from our tour

2. An update on Jack Hanna

Jack Hanna on the set of "Good Morning America" in 2016, one year before he began showing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Photo: Ida Mae Astute/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

The quirky, beloved zookeeper who put the Columbus Zoo on the map no longer remembers his adventures in Ohio.

Driving the news: Jack Hanna's family invited a Dispatch reporter and photographer to their Montana farm for an exclusive interview, to publicly share for the first time how 76-year-old Hanna is living with Alzheimer's disease after a 2019 diagnosis.

  • According to the profile, he doesn't know most of his family, follows a quiet daily routine, and his trademark khaki safari getup is no more.

Between the lines: The Hanna family denies any wrongdoing in the controversies that led the zoo to lose its accreditation in 2021, including a documentary alleging Hanna was connected to the exotic animal trade.

Worthy of your time: "Jack Hanna's long goodbye: How Alzheimer's is stripping away the man the world once knew"

Of note: The zoo is collecting notes for the Hanna family in a green mailbox in the guest relations office, near the front entrance. Fans can also email [email protected].

3. Nutshells: Oh, deer!

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Alissa Widman Neese/Axios

🚓 The Columbus Division of Police is slow to fulfill public records requests in part due to an understaffed records department. (WBNS-TV)

🏫 The Columbus Board of Education is prepping two property tax levies to fund facility repairs and general operations. A vote to place them on the Nov. 7 ballot is expected in August. (WCMH-TV)

🗳️ Conservative, out-of-state interests promoted a 60% voting threshold to amend the state's constitution long before Ohio Republicans placed that idea on the Aug. 8 ballot, a CBS News investigation found. (CBS News)

💬 Quote du jour

"It's misleading, it's deceptive, and if it weren't so serious, it would be laughable."
— Maureen O'Connor, former Republican chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, regarding the August ballot issue on constitutional amendments

4. 🏘️ Charted: Home prices still on the rise

Change in Columbus-area home prices, by ZIP code
Data: Zillow; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

What else is new? Home prices are still going up across the Central Ohio region.

By the numbers: Only a handful of ZIP codes saw a drop in price between April 2022 and April 2023, but one of them is downtown Columbus (a 0.9% decline).

Find your ZIP code on an interactive map

Fresh job openings around town

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5. 📰 Throwback Thursday: Cities on tilt

New York City Police Commissioner William P. O'Brien smashes illegal pinball machines in 1945. The game was once banned in many cities, including Columbus. Photo: Art Edger/NY Daily News via Getty Images

In the years post-World War II, few forms of entertainment were viewed as dangerous to society as the classic pinball machine.

The big picture: Pinball was long seen as a game of chance, not skill. Police chiefs and moralists reviled the game. Cities like Columbus banned it.

  • Some operators were especially controversial for offering "free games" as prizes for high scores.

Flashback: In 1956, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled these prizes made them illegal gambling machines.

What they're saying: Gov. Frank Lausche hated pinball, saying in a statement at the time: "In the main, [pinball machines] have been used hiddenly as gambling devices. People who play them become addicts just as those who previously in Ohio played slot machines."

Over time, the fervor against pinball eased.

Yes, but: A 1974 ordinance in Grove City still outlaws pinball games operated via token, coin or other fee.

  • New Albany, Upper Arlington and Dublin all ban pinball machines in "sexually oriented business establishments."

This newsletter was edited by Lindsey Erdody and copy edited by Kate Sommers-Dawes and Keely Bastow.

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