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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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Set your sights on new rooftop bar + restaurant, opening next month

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Short North's newest place to eat, stay, and play will open tomorrow. The 13-story, $50 million, 167-room Canopy by Hilton will hold its grand opening on July 30 at 77 E. Nationwide Blvd, featuring two dining options and a rooftop lounge.

Central Market House restaurant on the ground floor will act as the hotel's main food provider with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu will feature a flexitarian (semi-vegetarian) menu of local and healthy options.

A dedicated elevator will take guests to Goodale Station, which offers stunning views of Downtown Columbus, the Short North, and Goodale Park. Goodale Station will feature a Southern-inspired menu for dinner and small plates along with craft cocktails open each day at 4:00 PM.

The Central Market House is named after Central Market which served as the central economic center of Columbus from 1850 until 1966, while Goodale Station pays tribute to Dr. Lincoln Goodale, one of Columbus’ founding fathers.

Other features of the Canopy hotel include:

  • Three deluxe and flexible meeting spaces offering a total of 1,850 square feet of space
  • Transfer Lounge with lockers and private showers for guests who arrive early
  • The Retreat, for guests seeking a quiet space
  • Complimentary Canopy Bikes which guests can use to explore the Short North
  • Rooftop state of the art fitness center

The Columbus location is one of only six other Canopy hotel in the United States.

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Don’t look back in anger at this Olde Towne East bakery closure

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They say there are five stages of grief, but don't mind us if we skip straight to "anger" with the news of this latest loss.

According to a post on Instagram, Angry Baker's original location in Olde Towne East has closed.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0bh1HTAutI/

This news follows the closure of the King Ave location of Angry Baker in 2018. Affiliated locations in Upper Arlington and on North High Street will carry on under the name Happy Little Treats, a new all-vegan concept.

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Site of abandoned Cooper Stadium could become next booming neighborhood

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The Columbus Clippers played their final game in Cooper Stadium way back in 2008. Since then, the storied ballpark has fallen to disrepair, becoming a popular site for urban explorers and ruin porn enthusiasts.

Plans for a multi-million-dollar project on the site that would have included an 8,500-seat racetrack and an automotive research center were announced years ago, but never came to fruition.

Now, the owners of the Coop have announced another redevelopment plan, which would bring offices, apartments, mixed-use commercial space, and creative work spaces to the decaying plot.

The site plan, which was submitted to the city by Arshot Development Corp., outlines the construction of 500 apartments, along with possible space for restaurants.

The next phase of the proposed project will take place at an area commission hearing on the rezoning application for the site, which has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Aug. 21. 614NOW will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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