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New Public Art for Hilltop Neighborhood, Hilltop Rising, to be Installed June 2018

 

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Summer Jam West has been on a mission to bring more public art to the Hilltop neighborhood. Currently, the group has secured five pieces by artists and has placed them in prominent places throughout the neighborhood.

 

The pieces currently installed include: an 80’ Fantastic Food Garden mural by Danielle Poling in Westgate Park, a 14’ stainless monarch sculpture in Westgate Park, a 95’ Movin’ & Groovin’ mural by Roger Williams on the Camp Chase Trail (just north of North Sylvan Avenue), an 8′ X 4’ art panel by Tiffany Christopher at La Chaparrita (on West Broad Street), and an 8′ X 4’ art panel by Brian Marcus on Cream & Sugar on Sullivant Avenue.

 

A call for submissions was held earlier last year to find the piece for 2018.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-public-art-for-hilltop-neighborhood-phoenix-rising-to-be-installed-june-2018-ae1


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This isn't a big construction announcement - but with the Hilltop you take what you can get.  This is another community plan in Mayor Ginther's "focus on distressed neighborhoods" promise from his first term.  A similar plan was released for the Linden neighborhood in October 2018.  To review the Hilltop plan, go to https://www.envisionhilltop.com/

 


Hilltop next up on city’s priority list

 

A new plan to transform struggling areas of Columbus’ Hilltop aims to address issues residents have raised in the past year as priorities, including drug addiction and trafficking, living wage jobs and training, and home repair and maintenance.  “We really wanted to come up with a plan that focuses on the people,” Nick Bankston, the city’s project manager for neighborhood transformation strategies, said of the Envision Hilltop plan announced Tuesday.

 

The plan is similar to the One Linden plan the city released in October 2018.  That plan also included recommendations to reduce crime, rebuild commercial corridors, improve housing and boost job opportunities for residents.

 

But Bankston said the Hilltop plan is different because a lot of its recommendations focus on the root causes of problems facing the neighborhood — from litter and trash to prostitution and drug use — to make the Hilltop again a productive, strong, blue-collar, middle-class neighborhood.  “It addresses socioeconomic issues, not just infrastructure ones,” he said.

 

MORE:  https://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20200114/hilltop-next-up-on-cityrsquos-priority-list

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59 minutes ago, Zyrokai said:

Wait. What happened to Franklinton? Are we done now?

I'm pumped for Franklinton, but no offense to that area, they have it "in the bag" at this point.  Soooooo much private sector investment and inevitable tax abatement investment that I have zero worries or pity for them.  They have a guaranteed beautiful 20 years ahead of them.......but that's just my perspective.  Hilltop and Linden still require so much assistance to get a good footing for the future.

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12 minutes ago, Gnoraa said:

I'm pumped for Franklinton, but no offense to that area, they have it "in the bag" at this point.  Soooooo much private sector investment and inevitable tax abatement investment that I have zero worries or pity for them.  They have a guaranteed beautiful 20 years ahead of them.......but that's just my perspective.  Hilltop and Linden still require so much assistance to get a good footing for the future.

Yep.  East Franklinton is already booming and once CoverMyMeds moves into their HQ, I imagine it won't be long before West Franklinton is booming as well.  Especially including the planned redevelopment of Mount Caramel and the old Graham Ford lot.

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^A couple of weeks ago a friend was in the UDF on W Broad in Franklinton. He mentioned Franklinton and someone yelled at him "This ain't Franklinton motherf**ker, this here is the Bottoms!"  😂

I wouldn't say Franklinton is "in the bag" - it has a long way to go. 

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That's fair, I guess. I forgot about Linden. Maybe I should have asked that instead, lol. Is Linden now saved? 😛

 

 

I guess I just see a lot of problems in West Franklinton. Honestly, East Franklinton (east of 315) will probably feel completely different from the rest. I'd honestly be in favor of just naming it permanently the Scioto Peninsula. The residents in the west probably don't want to even be associated with the east. But I don't know much. What is the difference between "Scioto Peninsula" and "East Franklinton" anyway? Why are we calling it two things?

 

And I know it used to be called the Bottoms, but wasn't it also always called Franklinton? I know that name dates back to the founding of the city when they almost named Columbus "Franklinton".....but when did the "official" name because Franklinton and the Bottoms no longer recognized by the city?

 

I think I just need a really quick history lesson, of anyone would be so kind 😄

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6 minutes ago, Pablo said:

^A couple of weeks ago a friend was in the UDF on W Broad in Franklinton. He mentioned Franklinton and someone yelled at him "This ain't Franklinton motherf**ker, this here is the Bottoms!"  😂

I wouldn't say Franklinton is "in the bag" - it has a long way to go. 

That's West Franklinton.  East Franklinton is already "going."  Just wait until Gravity 2 and the next phase of River and Rich are done and it will going even more.  And, I agree, West Franklinton has a long way to go.  But, it's definitely going to "go."  It will be unrecognizable in 20 years.  There's too much planned and big money heading that way for it not to.

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32 minutes ago, Zyrokai said:

That's fair, I guess. I forgot about Linden. Maybe I should have asked that instead, lol. Is Linden now saved? 😛

 

 

I guess I just see a lot of problems in West Franklinton. Honestly, East Franklinton (east of 315) will probably feel completely different from the rest. I'd honestly be in favor of just naming it permanently the Scioto Peninsula. The residents in the west probably don't want to even be associated with the east. But I don't know much. What is the difference between "Scioto Peninsula" and "East Franklinton" anyway? Why are we calling it two things?

 

And I know it used to be called the Bottoms, but wasn't it also always called Franklinton? I know that name dates back to the founding of the city when they almost named Columbus "Franklinton".....but when did the "official" name because Franklinton and the Bottoms no longer recognized by the city?

 

I think I just need a really quick history lesson, of anyone would be so kind 😄

 

Pretty sure the area considered the Scioto Peninsula is east of the tracks but is also still in East Franklinton.

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57 minutes ago, Pablo said:

^A couple of weeks ago a friend was in the UDF on W Broad in Franklinton. He mentioned Franklinton and someone yelled at him "This ain't Franklinton motherf**ker, this here is the Bottoms!"  😂

 

 

That's like the South Side vs. South End argument. I was in a restaurant on the South Side a few years back and two guys I didn't know were talking -- "I don't see why people call it the South Side. It's the South End. I've always called it the South End." I didn't pipe up 'cause I didn't want to be the "Well, actually..." guy, but that guy didn't know that "South End" is a Portsmouthism for the South Side that he's been using all his life from being from Portsmouth or his family being from Portsmouth. Since Portsmouth is a river town, the West End and East End are used for the ends of town that are on the Ohio River (just like Cincinnati) whereas the "West Side" of Portsmouth is West Portsmouth (an unincorporated Census Designated Place) that is not on the west end of town but rather on a hillside west of the Scioto floodplain. So the West Side of Portsmouth is west of the West End and a wholly different "place" just like in Cincinnati. Columbus doesn't have that kind of separation between the South End and South Side so that's how they get lumped together.

 

And almost certainly, the Franklinton name predates The Bottoms nickname.

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33 minutes ago, GCrites80s said:

And almost certainly, the Franklinton name predates The Bottoms nickname.

 Yes, that's true. Franklinton was incorporated around 1797. It was annexed by Columbus in 1859. 

The comment made me smile because of its brashness. The comment also expressed the real fears gentrification by locals.

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Okay, so what I thought was essentially correct. It's always been Franklinton, and the Bottoms seems to be a less than flattering nickname. I'm assuming it came post-flooding.

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From my understanding, the bottoms was originally contextualized by the geographic terrain and propensity to flood. Also, being the bottom of the western ridge above the river. During white flight, the context was changed. The bottoms was often meant to refer to the 'bottom of the barrel' in that it was an extremely unsafe and unattractive part of the city. I know people born and raised in or near Columbus that only know it under that context as the days of flooding are long gone. The term was never formally adopted from a city standpoint to my knowledge. That connotation stuck for decades. With the resurgence, people thaht have embraced 'the bottoms' see the return to Franklinton as a white washing and just another example of gentrification. People that understand the later context don't embrace a the seemingly derogatory term (to many) as much as the formal term. NPR had some interesting reporting a couple years ago about renaming or 'nicknaming' established neighborhoods once they become attractive through displacement and gentrification. 

 

I personally think it would be worth it to keep the name the bottoms even if it becomes a sub neighborhood of Franklinton. Perhaps the commercial and retail hub of West Franklinton could be the 'Bottoms District'

 

Now, the conversation over west vs east Franklinton is charged in itself. It is seen as a way to some to exclude the area west of 315 from economic development etc etc but that argument will slowly dissipate I assume. With such a dividing cavern, it's only reasonable that there be a separation in much the same way that the original German Village portion North of 70 is not considered German Village anymore and has been absorbed into downtown. And if a new Hilltop plan is successfully implemented, the influence from east and west will help West Franklinton. 

 

I agree that Hilltop needs this more than Franklinton. I think this may also be a priority for the city because Franklinton has had a strong community plan and vision for a number of years now. I believe their plan was implemented and codified prior to university district plan(?). At the very least, it was finalized before. Not sure about codified in city code. 

 

It is nice to see some focus on the east/west portion of the city. Particularly the Hilltop. It, to me, is an often overlooked area of the city that could, offer more affordable housing options for single family homes for those looking for something smaller. 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

 

Hopefully we get real BRT and not just a specially branded bus. 

Yea, dedicated lanes would definitely be the major step in that direction.  Hopefully it's not just wishful thinking.  Also, don't they want to figure out a way to connect all the way to Broad as part of the Olentangy Corridor transit study?  Imagine how awesome it would be to have transit going north into the OSU Innovation District and then connecting to Broad St with CoverMyMeds and other tech companies in the area.  Could be an awesome hub of tech and research.  Nationwide Children's just announced a new gene therapy biofactory that will be going to the Innovation District as well.

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BRT on Broad is the way to go. The city and COTA both seem to want to do it. COTA officially has said they want it in a Dispatch article form sometime last year (might try to find it).

 

Found it: 

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190130/west-broad-street-might-get-next-rapid-transit-bus-line-cota-officials-say

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I'll read the full plan at another time but at first glance, it seems this plan hinges alot on getting the state to release land for private development. I'm sure there are more details for the rest of Hilltop but a majority of the CU article focuses on that and transit so I'm curious to see what other factors they are looking into. Otherwise, if it is heavy on the eastern portion of Hilltop (ironically the non hill top portion of Hilltop), it just seems to be an extension of helping Franklinton. 

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On 1/16/2020 at 9:09 AM, DTCL11 said:

From my understanding, the bottoms was originally contextualized by the geographic terrain and propensity to flood. Also, being the bottom of the western ridge above the river. During white flight, the context was changed. The bottoms was often meant to refer to the 'bottom of the barrel' in that it was an extremely unsafe and unattractive part of the city. I know people born and raised in or near Columbus that only know it under that context as the days of flooding are long gone. The term was never formally adopted from a city standpoint to my knowledge. That connotation stuck for decades. With the resurgence, people thaht have embraced 'the bottoms' see the return to Franklinton as a white washing and just another example of gentrification. People that understand the later context don't embrace a the seemingly derogatory term (to many) as much as the formal term. NPR had some interesting reporting a couple years ago about renaming or 'nicknaming' established neighborhoods once they become attractive through displacement and gentrification. 

 

I personally think it would be worth it to keep the name the bottoms even if it becomes a sub neighborhood of Franklinton. Perhaps the commercial and retail hub of West Franklinton could be the 'Bottoms District'

 

 

 

Years ago some people over at the now-defunct James Howard Kunstler forum did some sleuthing and found that the Scioto was once a navigable river. Not in modern terms, mind you -- able to accommodate barges, large riverboats or today's speedboats -- but capable of moving some goods. This all changed with large-scale farming and land clearing in the mid-1800s leading to the "silting up" of the Scioto. I know I've talked about this before, but when the river was dredged in the Scioto Peninsula vicinity for powerboat racing in the late '80s (at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars) it took only 3 years for it to fully silt up again much to the race promoter's and city's chagrin. Nobody expected it to fill back in that quickly.

 

So, initially when Franklinton was founded as a town it wasn't as subject to flooding due to the lack of silt fill.

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On 1/16/2020 at 4:25 PM, Pablo said:

The plan uses a good portion of Rhodes Park - that's a bad move. The last thing Columbus should do is use parkland for development.

 

https://radio.wosu.org/post/columbus-loses-points-quality-public-parks#stream/0

 

Columbus has a lot of parkland that can't be walked to. Parkland in concentrated near places like Groveport, the East Side/Southwest Side and Reynoldsburg that haven't been blasted as severely with subdivisions due to their school systems scoring poorly.

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28 minutes ago, GCrites80s said:

 

Years ago some people over at the now-defunct James Howard Kunstler forum did some sleuthing and found that the Scioto was once a navigable river. Not in modern terms, mind you -- able to accommodate barges, large riverboats or today's speedboats -- but capable of moving some goods. This all changed with large-scale farming and land clearing in the mid-1800s leading to the "silting up" of the Scioto. I know I've talked about this before, but when the river was dredged in the Scioto Peninsula vicinity for powerboat racing in the late '80s (at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars) it took only 3 years for it to fully silt up again much to the race promoter's and city's chagrin. Nobody expected it to fill back in that quickly.

 

So, initially when Franklinton was founded as a town it wasn't as subject to flooding due to the lack of silt fill.

 

I don't know about that.  Documented floods occurred regularly in Franklinton throughout the 19th Century.  

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First Look: New rendering released for Columbus' next library renovation project

 

Columbus Metropolitan Library's Hilltop branch will close for about a year for an expansion and renovation increasing space by 50%.

 

The library is seeking nearby space for a temporary location until the 32,000-square-foot building at 511 S. Hague Ave. opens in 2021. The exact date of the "wallbreaking" hasn't been set.

 

The $14 million project is one of four in the second phase of the library's modernization program. The other three will be new buildings, $21 million apiece, for Karl Road, Gahanna and Reynoldsburg.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/01/24/first-look-new-rendering-released-for-columbus.html

 

cmlhilltoprendering*1200xx1200-675-0-7.j


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