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What’s the deal with the Columbus “fantasy” light rail map?

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Columbus is the largest city in the United States without a passenger rail system but a hypothetical, “fantasy” transit map paints a picture of what one could look like in the capital city.

The creator of the map and a full-time graphic designer, Michael Tyznik, built the hypothetical light rail map around Columbus’ new CMAX bus rapid transit line.

The routes in the artistic rendering could take passengers from Canal Winchester to the Arena District.

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Tyznik told The Dispatch his “fantasy” passenger rail wasn’t designed to be submitted to the city for implementation, but, rather, a way for people to get excited about transit.

“I’ve been imagining new transit systems for Columbus my whole life, and I’m currently on my fourth iteration of the map,” he wrote on his website. “I hope with each map to create a more realistic, functional system, as well as a more refined and modern map.”

This little tidbit didn’t stop social media users from jumping on the light rail bandwagon, though.

One Reddit user wrote, “Be still my beating heart. This is amazing.” Someone on Twitter said, “If this became a ‘thing’ in real life, I would drop everything and move back to Columbus in a heartbeat.”

A MORPC official called Tyznik’s map “impressive” and appreciated the public’s interest but questions the feasibility of the design, reports The Dispatch.

 

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German Village property owner looking to bring new restaurant to the area

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A property owner in German Village hopes to fill a vacant storefront in the next few weeks. What do you think should go in the space at 277 E Livingston Ave.?

Edward Mershad told This Week News he is updating the structure of the property with hopes a restaurant will move in and open by early summer.

The building was formerly occupied by the Happy Dragon. It was to become a Philco Diner + Bar by restaurateurs Randy and Tina Corbin, who also own Club 185, but plans fell through.

For more information, visit This Week News.

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Two popular restaurants announced for New Albany development

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Two tasty vendors were just announced for a new development in New Albany. Market & Main is pleased to welcome Katzinger’s Delicatessen and Harvest X Three Tigers to its unique mix of offerings.

Katzinger’s Delicatessen will be located in the Market & Main 2 development on Main Street between Johnson’s Ice Cream and the Heit Center.

Harvest X Three Tigers is a unique collaboration between Harvest owner Chris Crader and Three Tigers Brewing Co. partners Lonnie Hill, Rick Moller and Scott Wilkins. It will be located on 1.5-acres at the former New Albany Mill site at the corner of Main Street and Dublin-Granville Road, which will maintain its historical character in homage to New Albany’s heritage and rural history, according to a release.

Katzinger’s seating capacity is expected to be around 60 and Harvest X Three Tigers will hold even more in approximately 8,000 square feet of interior space as well as an outdoor bier garten area, according to a release.

New Albany’s Market & Main area in the heart of town now has 220,000 square feet of commercial space. Tenants there include corporate office users like Wallick and UBS, as well as independent operators like Truluck, Elliott Cooper, PetPeople, Whit’s, and Fox in the Snow.

“We’ve partnered with companies who provide tailored products and services that our residents want,” said New Albany Company President Bill Ebbing. “These tenants know that New Albany is a place where they can succeed, especially between our 11,000 residents and the more than 15,000 employees who work in the New Albany International Business Park.”

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New batch of stores, restaurants announced for New Albany development

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Hamilton Quarter, the hot new development at Hamilton and Dublin-Granville roads in New Albany, will be welcoming several new stores and restaurants.

Aqua Tots, Nail Boutique, Great Clips, Clean Juice, Shred 415, Sprint, and City Barbeque are all expected to open this month, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

And in April, GLAMhouse and Beerhead Bar & Eatery, and Chili’s restaurant are planning to open their doors.

Hamilton Quarter's anchor stores include Target, Hobby Lobby, and Five Below.

The 40-acre retail center is part of a larger development, which will include a 500,000-square-foot Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center facility.

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