Quick takes – March 16th

Nice opportunity

Columbus scored a coup when Landmark Columbus was one of three entities selected to host the Mayors’ Institute on City Design regional sessions this fall. Columbus is only the second Indiana city to ever host a regional session, which is used to foster appreciation for the role of design in creating vibrant, livable cities.

The timing is great because it will build on the momentum created from Exhibit Columbus over the last three years, and with the second installation of temporary exhibits this fall.

It’s another great way to showcase the city’s design heritage. Kudos to Landmark Columbus for their efforts to bring this event to the community.

Welcome safety measures

Pedestrians have reason to be happy with planned upgrades to four street crossings this summer, to make them safer. New pedestrian signals and ramps compliant with the American Disabilities Act will be installed along 25th Street, at Home Avenue, Maple Street, Central Avenue and Taylor Road.

The upgrades are important because three of the four crossings are near schools: Columbus North High School, Northside Middle School, CSA — New Tech High School, Schmitt Elementary School and St. Bartholomew Catholic School. As recently as 2016, a Columbus North student was struck by an SUV at 25th Street and Home Avenue.

Pedestrian safety — both young and older — is important in this community, and the upgrades are welcome efforts to try and ensure that.