Monday, December 24, 2007 3:06 AMTHE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
…Members of the 5th by Northwest Area Commission want the area to retain its neighborhood atmosphere, especially in the commercial areas along main thoroughfares such as 5th, King and Grandview avenues. Those streets already are lined with gas stations and chain restaurants such as Taco Bell but also with local retailers and restaurants.
They want a seamless feeling as folks travel between the suburb of Grandview Heights and their neighborhood.
“We want to keep the walkability factor,” said Becky Obester, co-chairwoman of the area commission.
This neighborhood has always seemed to attract a lot of post-OSU college students, probably because of its proximity to campus and large number of apartments at reasonable prices. I think another big draw is that people, maybe young people especially, want to be close to a vibrant walkable environment that exists in Grandview. This plan is a great opportunity to help extend Grandview Heights ‘ character to “5th by Northwest” and retain young people by creating another walkable Columbus neighborhood.