How accessible is the Short North for the disabled?

Here is a subject addressed by The Short North Gazette that is easy to overlook for most of us:

Navigating the Urban Landscape
How accessible is the Short North for the disabled?

By Tracy Zollinger Turner
July/August 2015 Issue of Short North Gazette

Uneven sidewalks like this in front of the Greystone building can be a dead end for wheelchairs.
Carol Sagara has traveled the Short North in a wheelchair for the past decade, ever since the pain of spinal arthritis and osteoarthritis in every joint in her body began to hinder her ability to walk.

A master seamstress, she sewed the tops of convertibles for Crown Auto Top, and later tuxedos downtown. She and her husband, who was in the Air Force, raised three children in Columbus. She’s lived on her own ever since he passed away in the late 1980s.

Now 77 years old, she loves her neighborhood, loves her view of the buildings and treetops from her apartment on the ninth floor of Bollinger Tower where she has lived for 21 years. She loves the building and even keeps a framed picture of it on her wall that was taken by a fellow resident. During Gallery Hop, she sometimes goes down to the High Street courtyard to listen to a singer she likes with her neighbors. She frets when bigger events prevent her nurse, who visits her daily, from being able to get through the traffic or find parking, but says she figures it’s all good for the city’s life and economy.

“I have more trouble with the sidewalks than anybody that lives here in the Short North,” says Sagara. “People are always kind and willing to help me out when I need something. You can’t get a better location than this. Broad and High Street are only six blocks away.”

Sagara can easily list a number of places on High Street where she must divert her wheelchair into the street or onto the grass due to uneven or buckling sidewalks, as well as places where the surface is broken up enough that she knows from experience that it could ruin her tires and cause several hundred dollars for repairs that she does not have.

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Dispatch Editorial on Parking

Clean up the parking mess

City should not delay any longer in easing Short North headache

Having studied the parking problems in the Short North for years, Columbus officials now say many of the needed fixes could take years longer while they sort out the pros and cons and get everyone to agree.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Columbus City Council voted to spend $74 million for a new office building on City Hall’s Downtown campus, a project that will include a parking garage with 700 spaces, mostly for city employees.

So Columbus does know how to solve a parking problem…

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Next Society Meeting

The next Italian Village Society meeting is Tuesday, July 14, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
at Columbus Junior Achievement 

2nd Avenue Elementary School Building @ 2nd Ave. and Mt. Pleasant.

Park in the school lot and enter from 2nd Ave. at the
JA BizTown/Donatos entrance

Here is what is on the agenda:

  • The new IVS Board Structure
  • News about the  Short North strategic plan
  • SN Parking Update
  • Possible presentation from COTA
  • Renewing your IVS membership
  • Report from the Italian Village Commission
  • Report from the IVS Complete Streets Implementing Committee

News about Pearl Street

From Columbus Underground:

When the Italian Village Commission gave their conditional approval to Borror Properties’ new project at 848 North Pearl Street earlier this month, it marked more than just the next step for a five-story residential building in the neighborhood – it meant that a unique piece of collaborative art celebrating Columbus and the Short North had finally found a permanent home…

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Meeting Re: Summit and Fourth St. Resurfacing

From the City of Columbus:

You Are Cordially Invited to an Open House
for US 23 Urban Paving Signal Removal

June 30, 2015
5 p.m.– 6:30 p.m.
North Side Pride Center 248 E. 11th Avenue

Project Description

This following streets will be resurfaced this summer:

  • Third and Fourth streets between Fulton Street and I-670
  • Summit and Fourth streets between I-670 and Hudson Street
  • Hudson Street between Fourth Street and Indianola Avenue

Signal Removal

The following signals no longer meet federal requirements or current highway-equipment standards and will be placed on flash and studied for removal:

  • Summit Street at Maynard Avenue
  • Fourth Street at19th Avenue
  • Fourth Street at Wyandotte Avenue

This project also includes:

  • Installation of a protected bike lane on Summit Street between 11th Avenue and Hudson Street
  • Relocation, removal and addition of some parking meters on Fourth and Third Streets
  • Relocation, removal and addition of some parking spaces on Fourth and Summit Streets
  • Installationofqueueboxpavementmarkings
  • Restriping to provide bike lanesRepresentatives from the Department of Public Service will be on-hand to answer questions and show plans in an open house format; no formal presentation will be given.Questions may be directed to:311@columbus.gov or (614) 645-3111