Just in time for its 20th anniversary, Easton Town Center has been selected by Chain Store Age Magazine as the No. 1 Retail Center Experience in America for 2019.
Al Urbanski of Chain Store Age attributes the massive success of the shopping development to local billionaire Les Wexner, “who laid down a new beat and melody for attracting consumers to retail,” wrote Urbanski.
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However, Yaromir Steiner, whose Steiner + Associates manages the property, believes its their nervousness that won them the award.
“Yes, we are doing well, but we are always looking forward to see what we need to change, how we need to adjust,” Steiner said.
Despite Easton’s genesis, the 3 million-square-foot development was called “as-detailed-as-Disney” and “Midwest’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination,” in the glowing write-up.
To read the Chain Store Agearticle about Easton Town Center, please click here.
Last night, Westerville's Otterbein University hosted the Democratic Debate. Twelve presidential hopefuls took the stage to win the votes of spectators in the auditorium and viewers who watched from their living rooms across the nation.
According to co-host CNN, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, Amy Klobuchar, and Bernie Sanders championed the night. Co-host The New York Times mostly agrees, with the opinion writers saying Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were among the top performers last night, but Elizabeth Warren was the clear leader.
What do you think? Take our poll below to see who Columbus thinks won the Democratic Debate.
Earlier this month, the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Committee met with Dublin City Council to discuss the future of transportation in Columbus. MORPC is calling this project the Rapid-Speed Transportation Initiative, which aims to improve connectivity between Chicago and Pittsburgh through two transportation technologies: traditional passenger rail and hyperloop.
Passenger rail would be able to transport passengers across the Midwest at speeds as high as 110 mph. Hyperloop would connect Chicago, Fort Wayne, Lima, Marysville, Columbus, and Pittsburgh and use electro-magnetic propulsion to send people through low pressure tubes up to 500 mph. See below for projected Hyperloop rider fares.
In order to get these passenger rail off the ground, MORPC must conduct a preliminary environmental analysis and identify routes. And with Hyperloop, MORPC must first determine the feasibility of this new technology. Beyond that environmental, freight, and economic impacts will be explored.
In addition to presenting several route options for these exciting new forms of transportation, MORPC presenting Dublin the possibility of being a station location. According to the PowerPoint from the meeting, the site for a station must meet the following criteria:
Former station location
Adjacent land use
Access to connecting infrastructure
While this all sounds well and good, you may be wondering why these projects are being pursued in the first place. MORPC cites the following reasons for exploring other forms of transportation:
It starts with safety—Last year 1,068 people died on Ohio highways. Ohio needs its highways, but we also need safe, productive alternatives
Weather, crashes and congestion mean less roadway reliability
Limited space to build enough lanes for all vehicles, even automated ones
People are asking for choices
Like interchanges, stations spur economic development opportunities
Moving forward the MORPC will continue to hold public meetings, facilitate collaboration, and create a travel demand advisory panel of public agencies, academic institution, and Virgin Hyperloop One (the only company in the world to have tested its hyperloop technology at scale) in order to keep the alternative transportation train on the tracks, literally.